Words of wellness
This is the right decision…isn’t it?
For all of us, decision-making is challenging at the best of times, and this difficulty is amplified during a crisis.
It’s well known that thoughtful deliberation about each alternative is important and leads to better outcomes. However, there’s a point where helpful deliberation turns into overthinking, and leads to fatigue and unnecessary delays.
If you can relate to this, here are some ideas to help with “thinking on your feet”:
- Perfection is the enemy of the good (Voltaire). You simply cannot know everything there is to know before deciding on a course of action. Ask yourself: “Based on the information I have at this moment and my experience, what’s the best next step?”
- Perspective and priorities. Problems come in all different sizes. Is this a problem worth obsessing over? If you’re unsure, ask yourself how you might feel about the problem in 10 days, 10 weeks and 10 months. This will help choose issues worth spending more time on.
- The science and art of medicine - trust your gut. Research has shown that by combining analytical thinking with intuition leads to better, faster and more accurate decisions than relying on intellect alone.
- Boundaries. Set aside time to make specific decisions. Give yourself a time limit, make that decision, and move on.
On Behalf of the Wellness Inclusion Diversity and Equity Committee
This has been modified & condensed from a recent article in the Harvard Business Review by Melody Wilding: How to Stop Overthinking Everything