Organize your decision-making process


  1. Forget about the small decisions.
    Stop overthinking minor decisions like when choosing which pen to use or which font to select for a presentation. Instead, try to automate as many small decisions as you can. For example, you could use an online store's service to automatically order the supplies you need on a regular basis. You could also set rules for making decisions, such as never scheduling meetings on Tuesday mornings.
  2. Make a distinction between high and medium-stake decisions.
    Make a list of all the medium and high-stakes decisions you need to make. Then, write a brief summary of each decision on an index card. After you've gathered your decisions, mark each high-stakes option with an "H” and set them aside. The unlabeled options are your medium-stake decisions.
  3. Organize the medium-stake decisions.
    Pick up each index card and use a simple rule: Keep it if making the decision is essential for your work, if it will help you move closer to your ideal work-life balance, or if it makes you happy.
  4. Reserve your mental energy for high-stakes decisions.
    To save energy and time for high-stakes choices, regularly dismiss minor decisions and organize your medium decisions.


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