Decision making


In psychology, decision-making is regarded as the cognitive process resulting in the selection of a belief or a course of action among several alternative possibilities. Every decision-making process produces a final choice, which may or may not prompt action. Decision making is the process of making choices by identifying a decision, gathering information, and assessing alternative resolutions. Using a step-by-step decision-making process can help you make more deliberate, thoughtful decisions by organizing relevant information and defining alternatives. 7 steps of decision making process
  • Step 1: Identify the decision. You realize that you need to make a decision. ...
  • Step 2: Gather relevant information.
  • Step 3: Identify the alternatives.
  • Step 4: Weigh the evidence.
  • Step 5: Choose among alternatives
  • Step 6: Take action
  • Step 7: Review your decision & its consequences.
To Improve Your Decision Making:
  • Don't delay. Simple decisions are fun.
  • Shelve ego and emotion. Decision making can be difficult because you become too personally invested in how a decision will make you look and feel.
  • Ask an expert. The decision you're making has likely been made in the past.
  • Question your data.
  • Plan for doomsday.
  • Start with the desired outcome. Start with squad goals. The point of making a decision is to achieve a certain outcome.
  • Rely on data and insights to spot patterns.
  • Use S.W.O.T. analysis.
  • Simulate the outcomes. There are many possible outcomes.
  • Trust your instincts.