Some practical tips

Any decision aims to end an ambiguous state. This alternative will be discarded. However, if you want to be sure only to number risked becoming incapacitated. Often it is not so important that they find the best option, but that they bring about a reasonable cost at all an acceptable solution.

Quick decisions with feeling

In everyday life, often quick decisions are required. We decide intuitively by feel. This may have the disadvantage that we follow prejudice or resentment, our decision making is not transparent, we are unable to cope with complex decisions and bad decisions can hardly be analyzed. Sense decisions also have the advantage that they are often accurate, or at least useful, and do not require long decision process.

What goals play a role?

If they make a decision, it’s always about their goals they are trying to achieve. Once or more “foreign” targets in the game, the decision is complicated. This is especially true if the goals are difficult to reconcile or mutually exclusive. One approach is to structure the objectives and to form a goal hierarchy.


The seven most common decision making “errors”

1. Many people postpone their decision. There are cases where it is advisable to postpone decisions, for example, if more information is necessary. However, things may get worse even if they are “aussitzt”. In addition, you risk that someone else takes things out of hand.
2. To quickly assess. Decisions suffer from a lack of thoroughness, thus possibly are the existing problems also emerged. You can not address the problem, and thus it can not properly be seen through. So does the risk of wrong decisions and you can easily lose control of the hand.
3. It relies entirely on the feel. Decisions that are made purely for the feel, can be difficult questions. They can analyze difficult. Sense decisions in complex situations are not usually suitable. They also tend to be more conservative choices, proven solutions. This could prevent innovation and new perspectives.
4. Unessential not separate from the essential. Important issues need attention, unimportant things can often be left aside entirely – otherwise you lose the easy overview of the essential points. The judgment might otherwise according to criteria for decision may be irrelevant.
5. Too much energy wasted. Above a certain limit, the decision is not better, if more information is accumulated. Every decision is in competition with other decisions, which must also be met. It does not matter if unimportant problems of accurately be solved, but for really important matters no more resources available.
6. Only the crack “soft nuts.” Many are concerned only with the easy problems to solve. So we bite us not neglect to difficult problems, but possibly important decisions even the “hard nuts”. If these problems must be solved but then, it has often not enough time for it.
7. Just follow the advice of experts. Especially when making important decisions, we like to draw expert. This is often useful, because not all areas can and should control ourselves.