How to make a better decision for yourself, it’s not that difficult, really.

Should I stay, or should I leave?

This kind of question often comes across our mind. Be it for career, love relationship, or as simple as when you’re hanging out with your friends. Be it you’re on your 20s, 30s, or even 40s. Life is about making a decision and what will happen next. That’s what we, human, do on a daily life, isn’t it?

The thing is, when we’re making a decision, some options might not quantifiable. It’ll be easy if we need to choose whether we want to take Rp.100,000 or Rp.1,000,000. If this is the only variable affecting our decision. Definitely we’ll choose the better number, right?

It’s not only happen for money, if you can travel to one point to another, and you have 2 option routes with two different ETA, you’ll choose the shortest one, right?

But that’s not how life works. Aside from having so many variables, which can’t be quantifiable, there are also social currency and other things happens afterward, such as regrets.

To make the best decision which is most suitable of what we need

I believe that’s what we want, human.

But the big question is, if things cannot be quantified or calculated, then how?

Best decision

I’ll give you one of the most common decision to be made by millennials,

“Should I quit my job & pursue higher education this year, or stick with my job at least 3 more years and pursue the higher education afterwards?”

Let’s start with what are your values. What are the things that is important to you?

You’re a passionate and ambitious young leader, who wants to make a bright future ahead, very sociable and open for any opportunity. Both options are really good, stay at your current job or go for higher education. Both are equally good for you, aren’t they? Then, it comes difficult to weight, which one gives higher numbers? aside from financial related stuff, you can’t quantify it.

Well, you can, actually. From the previous paragraph, you already have at least 5 values;

Values you’re looking for, or in this case, the parameters.

Each of these values should have numbers on it. You need to choose which values is more important compared to others. Try to weight them using % like this.

The bigger the number, the more important the value is to you.

You need sum up all of the weight and it should be 100%, cannot be less nor more than 100%.

Well, done with the values or weight, let’s move on to scale. Put Scale as your measurement, it can be anything, but usually it’s a range scale between 1 to 4, in this study vs. career question, I’ll put it under time measurement;

  • 1 (I will never get it anytime soon)
  • 2 (I might get it in the next 3 year)
  • 3 (I will get it next 2 years)
  • 4 (I will get it within this or next year)

Now, we both have weight & scale. let’s do the weight scoring for both option.

Option A: Go for higher education this year

Going for higher education this year will scores me 3.00 out of 4.00, it’s actually quite high

If you choose higher education this year, your scale for higher learning opportunity definitely will score 4. Although your financial status or career growth won’t have a significant increase within these few years if you choose this option, but it doesn’t really give you a pretty much impact based on your weight.

Now, let’s go to the second option.

Option B: Stay at my current office until the next 3 years

It’s scored 2.35 out of 4.00

Staying at your current office might give you better probability for career growth & financial status, but the scale isn’t that high, though. It might be happened, but it will require you to stay for few more years.

After having this two numbers, you can definitely choose any option with your biggest score.

It’s 3.00 vs 2.35, which one?

It is definitely the first option. Of course.

Does this mean go for higher education will always scores higher than career? Of course not. This numbers was determined by the value & weight. If you disagree with the value or parameters and the weight, feel free to change it, you might have different results.

Say, if you are aiming for a career growth and better financial status in a short run, then definitely career will scores higher.

The idea is to quantify scores between two options. This method, which also known as weight scoring is one of the basic method people use to determine impact based on numbers. Hence, it’s also can be used like this, to help people in deciding in between two option.

So, you’ve manage to make a better decision now.

Would you click “like” & “share” so then this knowledge can widely known and I will get excited to make other article more often, or you just be a silent reader, and wait until I released my other article without too much knowledge details on how to do it because I will think it’s a bit useless anyway?

Make your decision, and do not regret it.

Update 5th March 2017: Special thanks to Naqib Sagena for giving me a notice on the miscalculation, this article has been changed due to previous miscalculation, hence, the topic & content remains the same.

Gilang Gibranthama is a startup enthusiast and self-proclaimed himself as a futurist.

Currently working as Head of GO-MASSAGE at GO-JEK.

Co-founding Thana, a pro-bono 1:1 consultancy to achieve your personal and professional goals.

Reach me at gibranthama@gmail.com for your Thana Session.