Types of Decisions
If you’re struggling with a decision, simplify it into one of four categories: inclusion, exclusion, pursuit and avoidance. This sorting of categories distills decisions into a simple question: do you want to move towards something you want, or get away from something you don’t? Once you have these options laid out for you, you have clear guidance to make efficient and effective decisions.
Rules of Decision Making
Now that I’ve established how to categorize decisions, keep these three rules in mind when making choices efficiently:
1. Do not make decisions twice when once will do
Once you have figured out what to include, exclude, pursue and avoid, the decision has already been made for you. At this point, there is no need to occupy your brain any more than you have. The whole point of decision types is to make decisions more efficient and reduce awareness fatigue.
2. Make Decisions Binary
Decisions are easier to make when they are simplified. Break down your decisions into yes or no questions. Time is a precious resource, and decisions made the fastest are almost always the best. Binary decisions don’t lead to better decisions, but help the process of making decisions better.