I am very executive, almost to a fault. Sometimes I wish I didn't make decisions so quickly, but I'm a "let's get it over with" type. Many of my friends have a hard time making decisions, and with graduation rolling around, I wanted to provide some insight. Whether you're bad at deciding between Chipotle or Moe's or you're choosing between companies, here are some thing to keep in mind:
- Ask for outside opinions. Let me preface this by saying nobody knows what's best for you except for you. Listen to opinions from mentors and people who you don't interact with daily. Don't just listen to 'Yes men' and always listen to your mama. Listen, consider, then execute.
- Make a spreadsheet. I have said this before, but I wasn't joking when I said I have a spreadsheet for everything. No matter what I have in front of me to compare, I leave it all in those cells and take it from there. #DataDriven (OK, I'll calm down).
- De-stress. I absolutely refuse to make tough or long-term impact decisions when I'm feeling stressed. Chances are, if you're making a decision under extreme pressure and stress you're only choosing what will temporarily relieve you. To clear my mind, I work out, hit the sauna, or (everyone's go-to) sleep on it.
- Lighten up. Laugh through the pain. Put it all into perspective. I tend to do this thing where I take myself too seriously. If you've still got family, friends, and a roof over your head regardless of your decision, it probably ain't that serious.
- Don't get it twisted. With all of the interacting we do each day, it's hard not to be influenced by others and their opinions. Do what's good for you in your long run. What may be cool now might be regrettable later. Always make decisions for you or else they'll never sit right with you.