Making decisions is something every entrepreneur constantly does. The entire business is built upon thousands of decisions that have been made. It’ll never cease to amaze me how many people continue to be poor decision-makers.
This shouldn’t be acceptable, success as an entrepreneur and business owner depends on one’s ability to make the best decisions, as often as possible.
There are several ways people can fall or make improper decisions. One way is when the pressure starts getting applied. This can cause people to panic, make snap-decisions and ultimately fall short of their goals.
Sometimes though, we just aren’t working at maximum efficiency and this can greatly cripple our ability as decision-makers.
So with all of this in mind, how can we improve our decision-making skillset? How can we insure we stay on target and make the right choices where they count?
Improve Yourself First
Your very first stop should be yourself. Find the ways you can improve personally. Your hours on-the-job can be very easily affected by how you’re living off-the-clock. Whether this is for better or for worse, is up to you.
Like drinking water, exercise is an absolute necessity. If you don’t have some sort of exercise routine in place, start small – but start now.
Even if you dedicate yourself to just a 20-minute walk, this is great! It doesn’t take long at all to start noticing the overwhelmingly positive effects. Exercising daily gets your juices flowing and helps you work to your full capacity throughout your whole day!
There are several benefits to taking up an artistic pursuit. Painting, for example, has been proven to be incredibly therapeutic. Art therapy even helps people with PTSD.
In the life of an entrepreneur though, an artistic hobby can help you unwind while opening up the more creative channels in your brain. This can have a direct effect on how you approach different challenges.
As for working the other side of the brain; learn a new language or learn a little programming.
This might sound a little odd, especially if you don’t have a direct and practical use for the skillset, but it will still help you. Learning programming specifically gets your brain working abstractly and programmatically. These are thought pathways many people just never think about.
Either one of these avenues will work your mind out in many of the same ways. And like art, will get you thinking in new and fresh ways.
Back to Basics
We’ve gone over a few ways you can start improving yourself. But now, let’s revisit some old favorites that help us both make better decisions and get more productive.
Pros and Cons Lists
This tip and the next might sound really rudimentary, but, they work and can be incredibly helpful!
If a decision is taking a little longer than it should be, break out a pros and cons table. Keep in mind what it is you do as a company, how you do it, and who you do it for. Work out the positives and negatives and then weigh it out.
All this is doing is helping you look at all the information you can in an organized manner. You have a better chance for success when you’re setup with the correct tools.
To Do Lists
This helps with decision-making in a less direct, more passive manner.
To-do lists, for most people, are paramount to productivity. It’s been said many times by many different people, ‘if it doesn’t get written down, it doesn’t get done.’
Take your daily task set, and write it into a list. Whatever task you’re least excited about, start with that. You’ll end up making sure it’s finished and your other tasks throughout the day will feel much easier. It’s a productivity and confidence boost with positive effects that will carry over into your decision-making.
Last, but, definitely not least is your mission statement. We’ve talked about how vitally important a well-crafted mission statement can be to your business before.
Your mission statement should be at the forefront of every decision you make. If you come to a fork in the road, your mission statement will help you make sure you’re making the right call.