Paralyzed by indecision

2019-05-11

Do you ever feel paralyzed by indecision when faced with a choice you don’t fully understand?

The first question is whether there’s anything you can do to get more information. If there is, go do it. If possible, this should include asking people who have already faced the same decision how they decided, and how it worked out.

If you have all the information you can get and are still paralyzed, maybe you just don’t have enough experience with similar situations. We want to be able to predict the results of our decisions, but sometimes we can’t even guess.

When all else fails, just pick one and go with it. Pick the one with the shortest-term consequences, or the shortest name, or the prettiest colour. At some point, making any decision is better than making a perfect decision. With more experience, you’ll be in a better position to make a decision next time.