Effective Decision Making Made Simple: How to Take Decisions Fast 49

effective decision making - a simple trick to take decisions quickly

Effective decision making is an important aspect of life. It means choosing between two or more options, without knowing how this may turn out, but trying to find the most effective solution to a problem. Most people struggle with decision making, it takes them too long, they overthink, get anxious and stressed. But there’s a simple way to overcome that and start making wiser and faster choices in everyday life.

How long does it take you to make a decision?

I know some people who can think for days, who play different scenarios in their heads, try to predict every possible outcome. And then to prepare for it. All this just so that they can take the best decision.

But how is that working out for them?

Well, most of the times it just isn’t. It brings stress, ruins our whole day, and never lets us do the best we can with what we have.

Then how do you take decisions fast? How can you get better at decision making?

Simple. You just choose one of the options – the one you think is right at that moment, and you make the best of it. Then you never look back or ask yourself whether it would have turned out better if you had chosen differently.

It’s easy to get lost in thoughts like these. But what’s the point?

In order to learn how to take the best decisions you first need to understand something.

We make choices. All the time. And each of them shapes our future and who we become.

So if you’re used to choosing what seems nice just for the moment (like eating that chocolate) without taking into consideration the effect it will have on you in the future (being unhealthy and out of shape), you won’t change for the better.

In fact, every area in your life will be worse.

You may think that eating chocolate once every few days won’t do you any harm. And it’s true. But the problem is that when we choose instant gratification, we do it on autopilot. We don’t really think about it. We just take the action because something is tasty, feels or looks good, or is easy.

In the case of the chocolate, it all lasts for a brief moment. And we end up making decisions like this without even realizing it.
But when we stop, contemplate and see the bigger picture, it looks awful.

Now that you know that, it’s time to understand something else.

You’re in control. You can change. You can turn your life around and start over. All you need to do is decide that you want it.

And when you have a vision, know what you want in life and define what you need to do to get it, you can start making choices based on that. That’s the formula for effective decision making.

So the next time you have to take a decision quickly, don’t think too much. Don’t even give your brain time to analyze all the possible outcomes, to imagine how good you’ll feel if you choose the easier, simpler or faster option.

Just be sure about your choice. Because it will be the one that gets you closer to your goals.

All that is quite simple, right?

And why shouldn’t it be? Life is simple. You either choose this, or that. But if you have a bigger goal to keep in mind, you can just take decisions fast based on it.

Then you won’t be tempted by all the excuses you’ll think of, won’t be in doubt and won’t use up your willpower in daily decisions like whether to eat junk food or not.

What about you? How do you go about effective decision making?

That’s one of the mental habits we need to develop for a better, more successful life. I cover 10 of them in my book The 10 Mental Habits That Will Become The Pillars of Your Success.

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4 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Ignore Your Mental Health 13

4 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Ignore Your Mental Health

While most people pay the most attention to their physical health and work hard to achieve a healthy body, they often overlook the potential mental health issues that may have been well tucked away.

Understanding and paying sufficient attention to your mental health issues is an action that should be prioritized in every situation. What could seem like the simplest mental health problem to you might actually be affecting your life in more ways that you can imagine.

Here are just a few reasons why you shouldn’t ignore the signs.

1. It Is Way More Common Than You Believe.

You might think that mental illness is not present in many situations but the truth is that almost everyone has or is facing such an issue.

In fact, one in five Americans suffers from some type of mental illness. The saddest part about this though, is that very few of them seek treatment.

The person affected by the illness can even be one of your family members. Sadly, symptoms are easy to hide and even people who are severely depressed can mask their health issues from their families and avoid getting help.

2. It Can Also Affect Your Physical Health.

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It is known from a long time ago that the connection between the mind and the body is strong. Any sort of physical distress can have a huge effect on your capability to work or focus on things around you. Following this same rule, any sort of mental problem can easily affect your physical health too.

The first few things that a mental illness will affect are your mood, energy levels, sleep cycles, appetite and quite possibly your sex drive. Along with these problems and as a result of them, your immune system can also be affected and that can lead to more often colds and an overall impairment of your physical health.

People who face mental illnesses are often left unmotivated and drained of energy.

The illness blurs your mind so much that you have no energy left to function properly in your everyday life. Ask any person that has faced a major depression and they will tell you just how much they let themselves go and how they stopped caring about simple everyday things, such as brushing their teeth or taking a shower.

Physical symptoms won’t take long to appear and you will simply keep increasing your risk factor of a number of health problems such as heart disease or heart palpitations, insomnia and fatigue. It is very important that you ask for help if you feel such symptoms arising. Make sure that you consult a board-certified practitioner to be certain that a mental problem is not the cause of them.   

3. It Plays an Important Role in Your Success.

One of the most frequent symptoms of a mental illness is the lack of motivation. You just feel so tired of everything, you find that you are not interested in what others are doing and you just end up losing interest in things you used to love.

The lack of mental health can, therefore, play a huge role in your success. No matter if you are a college student, an employee or a working parent, you can easily lose sense of what’s important to you and hinder your success in whatever role you might have.

In whichever situation you might be, you will definitely need to be able to be creative and productive. Your success in your studies or your workplace might be your only source of stability and income.

An untreated mental illness can be the reason behind your reduced productivity, your lack of creativity and your overall negative attitude towards your work.

Keep in mind that a large number of homeless people are those who are suffering from a mental illness but sadly left it untreated.

Looking for help and letting the mental health professionals guide you can take a lot of weight off your shoulders. It can help you see things from a different perspective and give you the courage and motivation you need to get back on track and find yourself again.

4. It Can Affect Your Relationship with Your Peers.

Most people who face a mental illness find themselves intimidated by social situations. Even spending time with friends or family can seem like a very tiring or pointless task and they will often opt out of it. It is important to remember that this does not apply only to depressed people, as many might think, but to a large area of mental issues.

Anxiety disorders can alienate a person from their circle because of the constant fear of something going wrong, of someone not liking them or of an overall new situation. It is very common for the solution to your mental health issue to be holding the key to you getting back your behavioral health.

Mental illness can also affect your relationship with your family.

Apart from losing contact with people you probably care about, you might even end up harming them more than you think. It is not rare to see a person struggle both financially but also emotionally when it comes to helping family members that are battling mental illness.

Another very important reason to not take your mental health lightly is for the sake of your children. It is very often reported that children of people who struggle with a mental illness are abused or neglected. That can play a huge role in their lives and affect their entire lives, from childhood to adulthood.

Make Your Mental Health an Everyday Goal!

There are many places to turn to for help. The National Alliance on Mental Illness, otherwise known as NAMI, can be a great place to start. Through it, you can find a suitable medical center that will provide you with the suitable health services to help you regain your mental health.

It is important that you are not ashamed of your personal struggles or mental issues. Everything is part of the human nature and the fact that there are so many people available to help comes to show just how human this situation is and how much attention we, as a society, should be paying to this important issue.

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Leona Henryson is a professional writer and passionate blogger. Her goal is to help people achieve their personal self-development and mental wellness.