It might be easy to consider the decisions that you make. Your decisions might be life impacting as saving a life, or they might be which side of the empty hall am I going to walk down. In fact, it has been estimated that the average adult might make about 35,000 conscious decisions a day with just 226.7 decisions being dedicated towards food (Hoomans, 2015).
With all those decisions being made, how much thought have you put into the actual process that you use for making those decisions. I know haven’t.
But after looking into the different processes I realized that I used many of these processes pretty with every decision I have / choose to make. I will only cover 2 of the main processes here but feel free to search the web for more.
I also recommend to identify the type of thinker you are, this is typically called the left-right brain test. This will help identify your strengths in the decision making process. I just took a test by Psychtests, and apparently I am in a happy medium of left and right brain thought.
What is called the Reflective Thinking Process is one I consciously use often. in order to work through this process you should follow the following steps:
- Define the problem
- Analyze causes
- Identify criteria
- Generate solutions
- Select a solution
- Implement solution
I like using this process because it allows me to have a full idea of the issue and most of the possible causes. Following this process might sometimes take longer however, I think it pays off in the end. Have you ever heard the phrase, “History repeats itself”? I often come across problems that I have seen something like it before which gives me a benefit with my analysis, sometimes even allowing me to bypass some steps in the process.
The other process is call Brainstorming. This process it a lot less structured when compared with reflective thinking. I would describe this as less of a process and more of a technique. Some commonly used tips for brainstorming are:
- Refrain from analysis
- Do not restrict your ideas
- This is more about quantity get as many ideas noted as possible
- Collaborate if possible
Brainstorming is a great technique for idea generation. The ideas might not even make sense and that’s alright! The idea is to think of different things. You might even revisit a past brainstorming session and tweak a old idea to make it new and relevant to fit a solution.
Now I leave you to continue your day to make countless decision and hopefully you use one of my favorite processes.
Hoomans, D. (2015, 3 20). Roberts Wesleyan College. Retrieved from http://go.roberts.edu/leadingedge/the-great-choices-of-strategic-leaders