Six science-backed techniques to help you make hard decisions

Aytekin Tank
Oct 24, 2018 · 7 min read
Image for post
Image for post
Originally published on JOTFORM.COM

“They’re intended to help you see the current situation from new perspectives, to imagine new possibilities, to weigh your options with more sophistication.

There is no foolproof algorithm for life’s difficult choices. But the research shows that you can get better at making them.”

1. Make a “value-based” pros & cons list

2. Explore future scenarios

Image for post
Image for post

“A postmortem in a medical setting allows health professionals and the family to learn what caused a patient’s death. Everyone benefits except, of course, the patient. A premortem in a business setting comes at the beginning of a project rather than the end, so that the project can be improved rather than autopsied.”

3. Avoid binary choices

4. Consult with others

Image for post
Image for post

5. Give yourself enough time

6. Avoid hidden decisions

Image for post
Image for post

The Startup

Medium's largest active publication, followed by +686K people. Follow to join our community.

Sign up for Top Stories

By The Startup

A newsletter that delivers The Startup's most popular stories to your inbox once a month. Take a look

Create a free Medium account to get Top Stories in your inbox.

Aytekin Tank

Written by

Founder at www.JotForm.com || (contact: AytekinTank@JotForm.com)

The Startup

Medium's largest active publication, followed by +686K people. Follow to join our community.

Aytekin Tank

Written by

Founder at www.JotForm.com || (contact: AytekinTank@JotForm.com)

The Startup

Medium's largest active publication, followed by +686K people. Follow to join our community.

Welcome to a place where words matter. On Medium, smart voices and original ideas take center stage - with no ads in sight. Watch

Follow all the topics you care about, and we’ll deliver the best stories for you to your homepage and inbox. Explore

Get unlimited access to the best stories on Medium — and support writers while you’re at it. Just $5/month. Upgrade

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store