Every Little Decision Counts!
Never make decisions when you’re T.O.A.S.T
How many decisions do you make in a day? Perhaps a dozen, a hundred or even more! Well, it doesn’t really matter because some of these decisions have huge effects over the course of your life. For instance, should you go to college? Is it time to settle down? Should you start a family?
Other decision-making moments can be relatively trivial such as what you should have for lunch, to wear for work or should you go for a movie or dinner date? Some of these choices may have turned out to be pretty good, while others may not be the greatest solution you could have made.
As you look back and think about some of the poor choices you’ve made, you begin to wonder what made you choose those options that seem so poor now. It is common to make bad decisions every now and then, but you should never make any decisions when you’re:
T – TIRED
O – OVERWHELMED
A – ANGRY
S – SAD
T – TRIGGERED
This is because they often come with consequences that can impact you and those around you.
Negative emotions such as anger, sadness or feeling overwhelmed decreases our ability to reason out well. This is because the brain is more focused on the emotional state of your feelings instead of concentrating on making the right decision or finding creative solutions to the problem you might be facing at the moment.
Here’s what you should do when you’re making a decision:
- Make sure you’re mentally fresh and fully awake.
- Sleep on it and make your decision the next morning.
- Lay out the pros and cons on a piece of paper and then make your move from there.
- Ask yourself why it is so important to make this decision. Sometimes, considering it can give you the objectivity you’re looking for.
Sources: Psychology, Very Well Mind