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4 Decision making

For some people, the key to good decision making is to be as informed as possible; for others, it centres on a gut reaction.

Watch this Psychologies video from life coach Barry Ennis to hear a bit more about these two approaches and the value of using both to explore the options that might be open to you.

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A useful approach is to think about how you’ve made significant decisions in the past, and whether the choices you made were good ones. For example, how did you choose previous jobs, your university course or a major holiday?

There is no right or wrong way of making decisions, but knowing which style you naturally favour can give you more confidence in your final choices. If you can view it from both perspectives, this will potentially give you a greater insight.

If you struggle with decision making and feel you would benefit from a more analytical approach, you might find it useful to use a decision-making tool such as the decision matrix analysis. You will look at this next.