From small and mundane such as what to wear and what to eat to the life-changing decisions such as what job to pursue, your life is full of decisions. Making decisions is central to your individuality and you guard your right to choose. Yet, sometimes you make decisions that leave you unhappy and full of regrets. It is because many of you are ignorant of the mental processes that lie behind your decisions. Luckily, psychologists have found ways to help you become better choices.
Following are some basic rule you need to follow for making decisions that you don’t regret:
Have enough sleep:
Without enough sleep, you cannot make the right decisions. You need to have a fresh perspective for looking at opinions of others and making better choices. When you sleep, your mind rewires itself and helps you to think on a broader level.
Don’t make hasty decisions:
Unless an immediate decision is required, don’t be quick in making them. Once you fully understand a situation, take a deep breath, and review the facts. When you become clear about the facts, then decide which choice will benefit you more. Ask questions from yourself and don’t be hesitant to answer them before making a decision.
Look at the pros and cons:
In order to get the maximum benefit, weigh the pros and cons of every decision you are faced with. Suppose the things if they don’t happen your way and won’t materialize as you expect then what would you lose? Always have the consequences in mind before making a decision.
You need to have the support of an advisor for making a decision that may impact your personal or professional life to a greater extent. It is because the advisors have more knowledge than you and can guide you in the right direction. If you find a decision not worth involving advisors, get help from your family and friends. Take their advice and follow their recommendations.
Take out time to reflect:
When you make a decision that you don’t think is right, you constantly feel uncomfortable about it. It constantly gives you a feeling of unease and affects major areas of your life. So, no matter what decisions you have to make i.e. regarding personal, career, financial, mental, physical, and spiritual, always take out time to reflect.