Drowning in decisions?

A decision that has not yet been made can be a burden.

Every task that we take on might entail tens or even hundreds of decisions. Some are big, some are small, but all of them need to be made to allow you to move on. It is often the case that you need to be mentally "in the moment" to make a decision, and it is rare that people are able to make decisions about wholly different tasks in quick succession. 

You need to click your brain into the right gear to give a decision the maximum thought process - to really think through what it will mean.

It is, therefore, easy to see how people can take on so much that they find it impossible to decide on anything. A decision-making paralysis can set in and before you know it you are staring out of the window for minutes on end, hoping for these endless questions to disappear from your life for a while.

It's easy to spend your entire day in a confused state of "what should I think about next?"

The team at Crewmojo have developed a simple but effective approach. Any dynamic start-up has every employee thinking about a thousand and one things at any moment. The moment you communicate with others to share your thoughts, it is often the case that your burden is lifted just that little bit.

A decision shared is a decision halved.

Obviously, I am not talking about what sandwich to choose for lunch, but when you give people running updates of what is in your head, the comments that you get back will help you prioritize what you should be thinking about next. The more open and honest you are about what you are aiming to do, how realistic it might be to achieve and where it sits on your list of priorities, the more momentum your team will build. Following on from the last blog about micro-feedback, this communication doesn't have to be formal, and it certainly doesn't have to be documented - it is simply intended to keep the team across decisions and why they were made. Even if they end up being wrong.

Too many people see communication as adding to the "noise" in our heads, but they don't give our brains enough credit. While it might seem that someone interrupting you while you are writing an email is an annoyance, the brief conversation will register deep inside your mind and the light bulb moment may well come only when you are sleeping. The next morning a whole range of decisions seem that little bit clearer, and it is all down to that one conversation. 

Talking to each other rarely fails to add value, and it is certainly more productive than staring out of the window. Being open about your thoughts will help to give decisions some context - and most importantly it will enable strong relationships which will allow you to comfortably say "no" a little more often. 

Stop drowning and start talking to each other a little more.