I used to procrastinate making decisions because I fear making the wrong one. I preferred to keep things hanging until somebody else takes action. Even for the smallest things like where should we eat? It gets worse the bigger the decision needs to be made.
Something I admire with Julie and her family is they make decisions amazingly fast. Action takes place soon after. I wanted this pace, so I identified what keeps me from deciding and address it.
I adopted these mindset to prevent option paralysis.
1. A wrong decision is better than no decision
Indecision leads to more indecision. With indecision, I am neither moving forward or backward. It stops momentum.
Things moving are better than things in undecided state.
2. Have a default answer
When asked where to eat, I usually say McDo. I don’t mind if it gets rejected or an alternative is presented. It’s way better than kahit saan (anywhere).
It’s the same with starting with a blank canvas. Starting from scratch is harder than editing something existing (at least for me).
3. I can change my mind (pwede mag-bago ng isip)
Yes, changing minds come at a cost. But the information you get by actually trying things is worth the cost (usually).
If it turns out I made a wrong decision, I’ll acknowledge the fault and change my mind.
This is the same strategy with digital marketing. I can’t really know what ad will work until I try it out. I don’t know and have no control of how people will react. I need to try and find out. Stop the ads that isn’t performing, and double down on those that’s working.
The more information I get, the better decisions I can make.
4. Avoid deciding on things I don’t even have control of
Let’s say I liked a particular job ad. The question I should be deciding on isn’t “Should I apply or not?” (the answer is always yes).
The only time I should decide in this scenario is if I’m at a point where a job is offered. Because in that position, I’m the one in control if I should accept or reject the offer.
Applying to the job alone doesn’t particularly change anything in my life. I shouldn’t think too much about it.
5. Letting go is an option too
If you can’t let it go, face it. If you can’t face it, let it go.
I have to be explicit in acknowledging I’m letting this go to let myself know that I’m really letting it go.
These strategies has served me well. I make fast decisions now. I’m action-oriented. And I enjoy moving things forward (or backward as long as things are moving).