How Should I Decide…?

More like Art or Work

Here’s something else that I’ve been thinking about recently: What criteria should I use to make decisions?

It’s easy to say yes to things. But it’s much harder to say no.

Recently, I’ve compiled and collected several decision-making heuristics. A heuristic is like a mental shortcut. A tool for helping to make quick decisions.

They don’t always serve your best interests, but I like them.

The first one is up above and comes via Seth Godin from one of his TED talks. If it feels more like Art, then, of course, I’m going to want to say yes. And do more of it.

Here’s another:

Joy or Annoy

This one comes via Sarah Knight who wrote a delightfully naughty book with the following title:

  • The life-changing magic of NOT GIVING A F*CK

And then there’s this one:

Hell Yeah

That comes courtesy of Derek Sivers. You can read his whole article here. He’s great to listen to as well.

And then last of all:


This one is inspired by Nassim Taleb. I posted a great quote of his on procrastination here the other day.

There’s a common thread here. They’re all just variations on the same thing.

So… the next time I need to make a decision, this is what I’m going to do: Listen to my gut… that’s my gut instinct. And then I’ll apply the rules.

(And… probably just ignore the answer).



Author: Graeme Smith

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