Life is a series of decisions.
For the really complicated and hard decisions however, I have a process, a method or set of steps that helps me make my decision.
Step 1: Calming Down
When there’s a lot at stake in a decision I tend to get pretty nervous, so the first thing I need to do is calm myself. Usually I go for a walk or take a hot shower to wash of the stress.
Step 2: Finding a quiet place
Now that you’re calm it’s time to find a good place to think, where no one will interrupt you and you can relax. Usually I take a notebook and a pen and find a quiet bench in a park or some quiet coffee shop.
Step 3: Thinking on the paper
Now the real work begins. For me I find that it’s easier to find an answer to a dilemma by writing everything down, so when I’m faced with a hard decision I write down all that I know about the decision in hand and rationalize the solution from there.
Of all the decisions I have made, I never regretted one that I took by following this process. It helps me focus and truly whey all the sides of the choice I have to make.