5 Things You Can Do to Make Better Decisions

5 Things You Can Do to Make Better Decisions

Last update: 28 July, 2022

It doesn’t matter how well you think you make decisions, because you have probably made a couple of bad ones in your life. The judgments we make every day are often influenced by errors of past decisions, prejudice, emotions and mental shortcuts that make us more prone to committing mistakes.

Thus, when the time comes to make an important decision, many people want all the help they can get. However, the important thing is to be prepared, to count on your own tools to decide and, above all, to practice every time we have to make a decision, no matter how small.

1. Take all the time you need

In common knowledge, there is a saying that affirms that the important thing is to meditate your decisions: “Sleep on it.” Beyond the metaphor, sleeping before you make a decision helps you get some distance and lets you get some rest so as to not make the decision with a “hot head.”  In fact, many times it is not meditating or reflecting upon the matter what helps us decide better, but rather simply that we have rested and now have a fresh and liberated mind.

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But we don’t always have that much time to make a decision. In those cases, taking a brief break can still provide you with better results. Recent studies have found that in even a slight pause before making a decision can lead to better decision.

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