Choices are very personal and there is so much going into them that it is often much easier to be undecided. However, indecision does not support goals. Setting goals is critical to increasing productivity. So how do you make a decision faster and how do we know this is the right one?
Here are the 3 Ps:
With every P we split a major and a minor decision. For example, suppose the big decision is career and the small decision is a consumer purchase. Every decision we make helps or harms our approach to supporting the 3 Ps
What is your personal motto?
Ideally, it helps if your motto reminds you who you are and what you stand for. Some great personal mottos replace destructive thinking with healthy self-regulation. Some mottos are meant to change a habit. Whatever it is, you have one. It will run your day and, by driving your day, will run your decisions. For example, say you see yourself as a leader. Her personal motto is to help the people and the organization you lead. Because of this motto, you practice being selfless every day. As you make a decision, check your motivation and ask yourself whether you are doing this for your personal benefit or for the benefit of others. I imagine it is the latter.
An example of a career decision is whether or not you should start your own business. Assuming your personal motto is "Seize the Day," starting a business might work for you. You determine your own fate and want to achieve as much as possible in one day. Now try to apply this motto to a consumer purchase. You decide what to have for lunch. If you haven't busted the day, you're probably looking for a quick option and something that doesn't stop you from feeling too full.
Second, what are your priorities? You may be trying to make better business decisions, own your own business, or make more income. Or you are trying to prioritize your health. Whatever they are, it is important to know and understand them all and also to know how they rank. As difficult as it sounds, realizing your priorities will help you make decisions that will ultimately make you happier.
Now let's apply your priorities to the same big and small decision we made earlier. You still decide whether or not to start your own business. You have listed your priorities as follows:
Sure, starting your own business can be more costly in the beginning and you may not make the income right away, but there may be some great income-generating opportunities in the near future. You may have to sacrifice some time with your family, but you may be able to provide more for them in the future. You also have flexibility if you want to exercise during the day. As for your consumer purchase, you are still thinking about lunch. Since your current income may or may not support a sumptuous lunch, you will likely choose to eat something quick and cheap as it is important to save your income to best provide for your family.
Now that you've set your priorities, it's a matter of relating those priorities to productivity. Your ability to be productive is directly related to your ability to make decisions that apply to every area of your life, not just work. Being organized and making decisions go hand in hand. To approach a task like sorting email, you need to be able to make serious decisions. What to answer, what to calendar, what to ignore, and what to delete can take more time than you think.
Establishing routines and creating systems for handling decisions increases your productivity. Once you understand that there is a task you don't want to do, such as For example, if you have an e-mail that you cannot work on immediately, you can take it out later. You just need to make sure that you actually take steps to deal with it later, such as: B. Schedule the time on your calendar to resolve this. When you create topics of the week that deal with administrative tasks, whether it's bills to pay or mail to open, you're prioritizing tasks that require decisions. The only problem with saying I'll do it later is that sometimes later never comes. Sometimes you have to lower your head and concentrate.
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