Do you suffer from analysis paralysis? Do you struggle to make big decisions because the unknown scares you or deciding now feels like too big a commitment? Here are 3 ways New York Times contributor Susan Shain says you can spend less time agonizing and more time enjoying.
- Go for Good Enough. Today, we’re assaulted with endless options. You can forget what you wanted in the first place. Good enough means choosing in accordance with your original goal.
- Use the “90 percent rule.” When yes-no decisions have lots of pros and cons, evaluate on a scale of one to a hundred. If you land anywhere near 90 percent, the answer is “Yes!” If it’s not a definite yes, then it’s a no.
- Use thought experiments. For example, if you’re having doubts, fast-forward in your mind two months — past all the short-term angst and discomfort change brings about. Then decide if you’re happy with the future you envision your decision would create.