Are you confronted with a choice? Here are a few suggestions to avoid getting trapped in vicious choice circles:
- If what you currently have works, consider staying with that. Sometimes the best choices are the ones we already made. Like a particular type of shoes? Get another of the same type. Like your laptop, get the newer version. Sure, there might be better ones out there, but finding them might be more trouble than it’s worth.
- Consult the experts. If you don’t know what to choose, find a reliable, robust source of data like The Wirecutter or Consumer Reports. Amazon reviews can be helpful, though not always; be sure to check out the one and two star reviews to see why people don’t like something. Remember, nothing will ever be perfect.
- Decide a set amount of time you have to decide. This is important. Sure, bigger decisions might require more time. You might wait more than a week to propose to that girl. But eventually decisions must be made.
- Make a choice and live with it. As with any choice, there will be better options we can’t make for whatever reason (insufficient information, finances, etc.). All we can do is make the best choice we can in the moment and get on with our life. Often the best choice is the one that is made.
- Successful web sites, gives 3 major functions to remove clutter in their site.
- Most successful people, list their top 3 goals and stick to it.
- Most savers, list their top 3 needs and 3 reasons to spend.
- Most helpful doctors, give three important lists of things to do for easy follow up on a health regimen.
- Most admired teachers, list 3 bullet items to learn for any topics.
- Most admired politicians, deliver on their top 5 lists to help the important needs of their constituents.
- Most successful communicators, highlight 3 important topics and do not talk about not so important topics.
- Always stay with rational choice, do not spend time on irrational choices.