Listen to the old advice: when making an important decision, first let it to sleep an”overnight”

The decisions we make on a daily basis often get us out of our minds. We often think “I’ll be thinking about it tomorrow.” Fear and thought that we will not make a good decision. Better decisions are made when it comes to someone else. Then we think with „cold heads“ and we are objective.

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Although, there is no universal rule in making decisions, we better decide when we look at things from the perspective of someone else. If possible, it is best that our decision is “sleeping”, so that we should think about it in more detail on the next day.

Emotions are important when we make important decisions

Important decisions often endanger our emotional health. Our short-term emotions interfere with decision-making and disturb the feeling of judgment. And we are aware that our feelings influence the making of any decisions. The good thing is that this mode works only in certain life situations (not all). It makes sense if we advise a friend  where to move (to which location), but it does not make sense if you advise him or her when buying the cheapest car. If you need to decide whether to stay somewhere, or you’d rather move, imagine a friend in such a situation. Imagine how he / she would act and what kind of decision they would bring. Imagine talking to your dear friend. Consider what questions you need to ask, mention the different risks and warn them about what to explore at the new location. This all requires a lot of mental play, but worth the effort. You can always consult with a real friend instead of a virtual and imaginary one. This method is faster and does not take your the time for telephone conversations and meetings with others.

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Limit information about decision’s making

 

We think that if we have as much information as possible, we will make better decisions with less time. This is not always true. Sometimes the surplus of information, especially irrelevant and unnecessary, is what hinders decision-making. The human brain is not susceptible to uncertainty. Uncertainty means randomness, fluctuation and danger. If we have little information, the brain sends us an alarm mechanically. When we lack data, we overestimate  value of information. Our brain works on a way that if it thinks we’ve tried to find a lot of information, they all have to be important. This surplus of information can be in any form. Perhaps we have explored a particular subject too, and have overcome the “informed decision” point. Or a lot of friends gave us a lot of different tips. The surplus of information makes it difficult to make a decision. Try to throw out the decisions that sound the worst. Instead of looking for tips from a few friends, choose 2 to 3 friends who may have experienced similar experiences.

The medal always has two faces

It has already been pointed out that things need to be looked at from a foreign perspective. It is useful to thoroughly examine your own assumptions. If you have a tendency to make similar decisions in life, put yourself in front of trial, and bring the exact opposite decision. So, confront yourself with established behavior, get out of the comfort zone, use your own imagination to try new roads.

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The suggestion is as follows: if you choose from several options, add a new, completely opposite option. Then imagine that you have brought this new decision already, and how you will live with it. If it’s about moving to a new location, for example, add another country or city that you have not considered. All this helps your brain to do better, examine the assumptions and discern what is most important when making new decisions.

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