Good thing wants to have time?
"Good things take a while" says the vernacular - and that's even more true for important decisions that many do not want to make without thinking. So information is sought, studied, weighed, compared - to make a really optimal decision. However, this can degenerate into real pondering.
There will be no sleep for a few nights when a difficult decision is made, and the thoughts are constantly shifting backwards and forwards.
How effective is the search for information?
After all, who says that searching for information for weeks, often aimlessly, and thinking about it for days is actually so effective? No doubt: thinking is important because it helps solve problems. It becomes difficult when the constructive reflection becomes aimless brooding. This is not only a waste of time, but also paralyzes productive work.
And is not there too much time being wasted at this stage of information-seeking, meticulously accumulating useless information, getting sticks from sticks - and maybe not smarter than before?
Fear of decision
You find that contradictory? Only at first sight. In fact, the art is not to accumulate as much information as possible, but to find the right information. Because by false information it also comes regularly to wrong decisions in the affected Company, And that can be really expensive.
Therefore, there is less, so to speak, more - even if decision-fearful ones think that they can compensate their fear of the decision with still more information and research and thus delay the actual decision further and further.
When the brain gets tired
This is linked to the functioning of our brain: the longer you think about a thing, the more our mind has to exert itself. The problem finally appears more and more complex, simply because the brain gets tired.
This gives you the impression that the situation is not under control. The self-awareness disappears, one becomes more uncertain. After all, it becomes increasingly difficult to arrive at a reasonable result. Depending on how far it goes, panic may even spread and you can no longer think clearly.
Think complex problems correctly
Now simply making decisions from the gut, not looking for information, just not thinking anymore, would be fundamentally wrong: Especially with the complex problems that we are confronted with in modern professional life, it is important, once in peace and thoroughly over pondering a case and collecting more information, if necessary, instead of responding immediately. In this way, well-considered action reduces the risk of misjudgment, which could have fatal consequences for yourself and the company.
What's more, American psychologist Neil Roese has found that even thinking about things you can not change makes sense, and in his book, "Oh, I would have! How to turn doubts into opportunities"Numerous tips on how to stop this process in good time. His thesis: asking yourself what would have been if you had better prepared the misguided presentation or responded to it more quickly in a dispute is by no means unproductive: on the contrary, with these so-called counterfactual thoughts, you process a negative situation and unconsciously prepare yourself for it on the next similar problem: The same mistake will be made in the future, probably not a second time.
10 Tips for Better Decision Making
Productive reflection is important, but aimless pondering can become a problem. Unfortunately, this process is still being promoted by the accumulation of different, partly contradictory and confusing information.
Because even though more information and reflection often help solve problems or improve things, there are limits. These are achieved when constructive thinking becomes aimless brooding, which prevents one from working productively. Unfortunately, this process is often creeping, so it is not always easy to stop it in time.
- Make plan, set deadline! What helps to prevent chronic decision-making is to proceed exactly according to plan and set a deadline for each of the following steps - so you avoid the procrastination of the decision. Step 1: Information search Step - 2: The information sift and sort - Step 3: Evaluate the information - Step 4: Make the actual decision. Because note: Sometimes the incapacity is not a question of too little information, but simply the inability to take responsibility and to live with the consequences.
- Get to know each other: Next time you find yourself paying meticulous hours for hours of information, or pondering for days on end, take a look at how the process works: when can you stop? When are you unsure? And are there any signals for that? The better you know yourself, the sooner you can steer the decision-making process into productive channels.
- Learning from mistakes: Something went wrong? Think about it in peace. But then take a very concrete look at what you can do better next time.
- Visualize your knowledge: Especially if you have accumulated a lot of information, it helps to visualize your current status quo. Write down everything. Your thoughts, your feelings - and what you intend to do in the future, to do better. This helps to process things better and to see them more clearly. The medium is a diary or - more modern - a blog.
- Do not nerve others: Of course it helps to talk to others. But just when you've got a lot of information, that can be annoying. Therefore, writing is much better. Studies show, moreover: It is not necessary to communicate to someone else what helps, is the act of communicating alone.
- Thinking positively: What quickly frightens us when we want to ponder uselessly and evaluate information: Our thoughts always revolve around the same fear. Be aware that a decision can also have positive results and that there can be a thousand reasons why something went wrong.
- Take a pause: Have you been thinking about a problem for a while and have you had more than five ideas? Stop! Give your brain peace of mind - even if you have not found a solution yet. If necessary, consider the topic later on.
- Just get rid of it: instead of thinking about it, just start doing what your thoughts are all about. You will find that in this way your fears sometimes get done by yourself.
- Distract yourself: sometimes helps simply work. If you have nothing to do yet, do relaxation exercises or look for a little work to do. It is important to think of something else.
- Thought stop: You notice, you slide into pondering? Just say loud "stop!". Take a deep breath and slowly release, relax. Thread a rubber band over your wrist that will pull you apart and snap back to stop your thinking. Also say urgently "Stop!".
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