4 steps to better decisions

Choice is good, but we spend a lot, sometimes way to much energy due to decision agony, from just trying to make up our mind. By understanding yourself and what type of decision personality you are, you can make it easier for yourself when you are making decisions.

Have you ever wondered how you make decisions and why you make the choices you make? What if you had a better understanding of the ways to faster and better decision-making in everyday life as well as in the larger more life-critical situations.

Here are four key factors for better decision-making. Most importantly, to give yourself more time and presence when you are dealing with more complex decisions.

1 Use both logic and emotion

We have two different decision-making systems that kicks in once: the emotional and the rational. In the emotional you have your feelings. Then you're in the moment, making short-term decisions, acting in an instant, you are creative and you normally do not think it over so well. You let your emotions tell you what is right. This system speaks to you when you want to buy a car because the color is beautiful, or the design is cool.

In the rational system, you have your logic. Here you are logical and rational, thinking long-term and you plan and evaluate your decisions. This system will tell you that the more boring car model might be more useful after all.

So what can you do with this knowledge to try to reach a good decision?

* Keep in mind that the two systems exist and both can talk to you in the same situation, and that it can become a tug of war between reason and emotion.

* Realize that you need to listen to both systems to make the best choice and based on both logic and emotion.

* Allow the situation to decide which of the systems that will be the primary in this particular instance.

It can be easy to think that the rational system is more valuable, that is nicer to make rational decisions than emotional ones. But the best is if you learn how to understand them and use them together. Why only use one, when you have two?

And in reality you really need both of them. The rational system, based mostly on logic, has its limits. Our brain is not capable of taking in more than seven factors in a decision, even at three, four factors, it is getting difficult. But by connecting the emotional system and balance the emotions, we can take in more information.

When making decision you also need your feeling to drive you. Without feelings, you are not motivated to make up your mind to anything at all.

2 Learn about what motivates you and the patterns related to your decision-making.

This step requires a strong dose of self-awareness.

Ask yourself: What is it that controls my choices and what personal motivations are behind them?

Do you often make decisions that will help you look more popular around other people? Or do you often make decision to avoid conflict? To create a successful image around your personality? Or, because you want to have fun and avoid everything that is dreary and boring? Or, because you're afraid to fail if you select the option that is more challenging?

Ask yourself: Why and how do I normally reach the decision I make? And do they normally lead to good decisions?

Do you for example have a tendency to let fear of failure control you when you are making decisions, then it is good if you can keep this in mind and try to take it into account the next time when you are about to make a decision.

3 See traps

To handle all the choices we are faced on a daily basis our brain relations on shortcuts. It may be shortcuts created by you without on a more Subconscious level. What shortcuts guides your decisions?

Many times these shortcuts can be good, but sometimes they lead to very bad decisions and becomes a trap.

You can learn to recognize common situations where the shortcuts lead to bad decisions, learn to see the traps.

4 Be present

With your brain packed with thoughts about everything on-going in your life and in a messy environment, it will make it harder to make good decisions. Stress, fatigue and distraction all affects us in a negative way to make bad decisions. Being present and at peace, will allow you to make the best decisions. is a better position to make decisions in.