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Decision Making Secrets

A really important decision that we all need to make every day is to decide on what are our priorities for that day, how should we spend our precious time, and what to focus on. Michael Heppell provides a helpful tip in his book – ‘How to save an hour every day.’  He suggests that at the end of every day write down the 5 most important things you want to do on the following day, and make sure you do them!  This is a great tip.  I do love a list and  to be asked to write a new list each and every day is wonderful! And of course this list is really important as it helps me to focus on the most important things I need to accomplish, whether they are personal things, home tasks or work stuff.


Lists create a sense of order and control in life.  If I’ve written it down then it’s ok, I haven’t forgotten it and I don’t worry about it anymore.  It’s on the list, it’s safe!  Michael talks about turning ‘To Should do into Must d0‘.  And if you’re like me and have lots of tasks on your list, it helps to choose the 5 most important tasks to carry over. I have found this specific tip really good.  I have been practicing it all week, and to be honest, I got to the end of the week and was struggling to find 5 tasks each day as I had completed them all! 

Aims and Goals

So the end of the week would be a good time to revisit your aims and goals, and move onto the next set of priorities. To write down the 5 most important things to do each day is one of the best tips I have heard.  Try it for yourself and see if it works for you.

Michael talks about making sure you Change your shoulds to musts. And of course you need to make sure you do your musts first.  It helps if you have written down your goals; the things you want to achieve in life, and that you keep on top of it and on track.

Toss a Coin

We make decisions every single day. Some decisions are quite simple and straightforward, whilst others are far more complicated and challenging and need much more time and consideration. If you have weighed up all the pros and cons and still can’t make a decision, there is one easy way to solve your dilemma. Toss a coin.  Yes that’s right, it is very simple, just toss a coin.  Ask a friend to work with you, and make sure you list the 2 results that the toss of the coin will decide, for example:

  • Heads – Decision A
  • Tails    – Decision B

In fact, better still, get your friend to toss the coin for you. Before they show you the result, just have a think about the answer that you would like the coin to fall on, Heads or Tails, and what your gut feeling is telling you. You don’t actually know what side the coin  is going to come down on, but in that moment of uncertainty, your instinct will choose the decision that is right for you. And once you have spoken your choice aloud, then ask your friend not to show you the result, it’s better not to know. Just go with your choice, your instinct instead. This is a simple, but tried and tested method that Michael also mentions in his book.

Problem Solving and Decision Making

Although problem solving and decision making are two completely different thought processes, we sometimes need to merge the two, especially if the decision you need to make is complicated. And if we end up with two very different solutions that you are equally drawn to, then by tossing a coin you will find the decision is made for you.

I hope you have found my decision making secrets helpful. It would be great to hear from you, whether you have tried these methods, or if you have another way you can share with us. Read more of my Monday Motivation blogs HERE.

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