Stop Wasting Time on Minor Decisions

Jul 21

Stop Wasting Time on Minor Decisions

I read an interesting post on Ramit Sethi’s blog the other day about making minor decisions. Someone asked him which book to read first and he said it didn’t matter, just pick one. Most of us waste too much time on minor decisions.

I’m guilty of this. I feel overwhelmed on some days with different projects and I don’t know which ones to work on first. I have books to read but I’m not sure which ones to read first. I have movies and TV shows and documentaries to watch, but which one will I enjoy more? Then there’s housework, taking care of the dogs, what to make for dinner – and I just want to go back to bed.

The best thing I ever did to stop this overwhelm was to create the goal planning guide (a free gift when you sign up for my email list). By assigning themes to my days and working with only three to four projects at a time, I’m not as overwhelmed anymore. If I get bored, it’s simple enough to work longer on a back burner project and let the ones at the front go to the back for a while.

Scott and I were going through some storage boxes the other day, ones we packed quickly when we left Alabama and ran out of time. We didn’t want to continue to carry them with us. I found power bills from 2010 and tax forms from 1997. The decision was easy – it was time to let those things go. Other things aren’t as easy – letters from Scott’s grandmother, birthday cards from my son, old disposable cameras that I don’t even know if they can be developed or not. Those things we’ll continue to carry with us or put into storage, but the minor decisions are much easier to make now.

Do you ever get overwhelmed with making a decision? How do you handle it? Let me know in the comments or get in touch on Facebook or Twitter.


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