Seven takeaways about 'decision making' from the book 'Rework' | Issue #07
A Decision-Making post, written by an over-thinker. Ironic...right? 😄
Hope you’re doing good!
A few months back, I read this book named ‘Rework’ (Authored by Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hansson). It is one of the most easy-to-read books that I have come across with some really deep, practical, and meaningful stuff between the lines.
About two weeks ago, I wrote about my 14 learnings from the book 'Rework', this week I bring you more of my learnings - but this time around a crucial skill - decision making. Let’s go!
When you keep procrastinating your decisions, They pile up. Piled-up stuff usually gets ignored, dealt with in hurry, or just plainly gets discarded.
I have a bad habit of procrastinating decisions — especially when I don’t have enough related data or subject knowledge required to make that decision.
Taking your time might help sometimes — to gather more data or figure out a different perspective, but there should be something better than having to procrastinate decisions….right? Read on..!
When you don't know what you believe in, everything becomes an argument. Everything is debatable. When you stand for something, many decisions are obvious.
I have lately realized, If the decision is important enough in the bigger scheme of things and you are not very confident about it, it might be more than just a lack of data or subject knowledge that you are dealing with - it can be more than that - it can be a clash of your belief system because then everything is debatable. Everything is an assumption, and it’s hard to make decisions based on assumptions. So if you’re stuck maybe it’s time to focus your thoughts on what you believe in and if you have some assumptions, figure out the quickest ways to validate those assumptions.
You can’t build on top of “We will decide on that later”, but you can build on top of “Done.”
When it comes to work-related decisions, I like it better this way. 👆 It’s better to do your quick research, take a decision, validate your decision and move ahead, You can get more done, and learn more by doing than overthinking, over-analyzing, and procrastinating something.
When you impose a deadline, you get clarity. You know what are the essentials and what's just a superficial requirement. ~ Makes decision Making Easy
This is so true. As soon as you come across a deadline, a lot of fluffy details go out of the picture. You figure out what’s absolutely essential and functional and you work on that, So when it gets overwhelming, impose a deadline and think what’s the very first thing you need to get out of your way.
The decision you make today doesn't have to last forever, If circumstances change or you make a mistake, you can change your decisions. Decisions are temporary.
One thing that stresses me about decision-making is I want to make each one of them right. (Knowing you can only know that looking backward.)
But I don’t like having regrets. So I stress myself, overthink, overanalyze, take more time when the decisions are crucial — just so I know within me that I made the right move.
However, If the decision you make doesn’t turn out to be right, you have a choice. If you make a mistake. You have a choice. The choice to change your decision and make the right one. (Although you have to pay the price. 🤷🏻♂️)
It doesn't matter how much you plan, you'll still get some stuff wrong anyway. Don't make things worse by overanalyzing, delaying before you even get going. Make decisions & move on.
Sounds good? eh?
When it comes to work-related decisions, I can trust this advice. but life decisions. Not so much. 🤭
Make choices that are small enough that they're effectively temporary. When you make tiny decisions, you can't make big mistakes.
If there was a guru mantra for complex decision making. I think it’s this one.
Think about it.
I wrote a medium article about decision making on medium, if you would like to read more about decision making, here’s the link.
That’s all for this week! I will see you again next week!