Simple steps to good decision making for students

Simple steps to good decision making for students

Decision making is not a born talent. it has to be natured and perfected over a period of time, based on the situations you face in your life regularly. However, it is a difficult skill to perfect. Decision making is not always a challenging task. Taking the decision about few things in life like buying a pair of shoes does not need you to invest more time but, some decision like whether to choose part-time work or go to school should be made after careful analysis. Many students are afraid that they make the decision wrong when the options are available.  You need to learn some basics of decision making when you have options to ensure that you are making a good decision.

Pen down your problem

You should first identify your problem to have a clear understanding of it. You cannot proceed ahead until you know what the problem and how you want the outcome to be so,  be as specific as possible while stating the problem to ensure that the decision you are going to take at the end is right.

Gather information weighing your option

The challenges of decision making comes into the juncture when you have multiple options to solve the problem. Gather the information that is directly related to the problem to help you take the decision better. You will come to know what to do to solve the problem and generate more ideas for a possible solution. Make a list of possible alternatives to the problem after speaking to the person whom you trust or the experts in the arena.  You will come up a variety of solutions when weighing all your options to make a final decision.

Consider consequences

Now that you have listed out all the possible solutions for your problem, you should consider consequences of each option before taking the final call. Check how the decision is going to affect you now, in future as well as people around you before considering the problem. This step will help you figure out pros and cons of the possible solutions that you have figured out till date. Weigh pros and cons against the possibilities you have before taking a final decision.

Take decision

Here comes the toughest part. You should believe in your instinct while making the decision after considering all the options. Narrow the possibilities keeping your goals and pros and cons in the mind. While few people are still indecisive about the decision that has been taken, you should answer some questions like Is the solution right for the problem? How is it going to affect you in future? Are you comfortable with the solution? Do you feel good about it? Let your subconscious work while answering these questions.

Evaluate decision

Few decisions have no value unless you put them into play. When you are implementing the decision step by step, at times, you may go back to step 2 considering other option. Before considering this step back, you need to wait for a while to see the final outcome of the decision. You should also be prepared to address unanticipated problems to relieve undue stress.

Why Proper Decision Making is Important To Fulfill Your Dreams?

Why Proper Decision Making is Important To Fulfill Your Dreams?

What is life if there is no goal? Yes, no matter how young or old you are, it is important that you understand your purpose of life, identify your mission and work towards that goal. When there is no goal, there is no meaning to your life. From the selection of your course of study to planning your career path, there is always your goal that needs to be prioritized. That being said, fulfilling your goal is in fact fulfilling your real, big dream that you will have for your life.

Some people truly live their dream while there might be several others who will always fall short of achieving their dreams. Dreams are important as they motivate us to work hard but only hard work will not help you achieve success. Proper planning and strategizing your life is equally important. You need to have your own mission statement and a vision for your future. Once you have that, create a blueprint for your route to success. In order to do that, you need to start early but then, it is never too late!

Recognize and prioritize

Before you begin anything, it is important that you recognize your goal or your mission. This could simply be to be successful in whatever you do. But this goal is too vague. You need to be very specific. This will help you in prioritizing your everyday tasks as well as your decisions so that they are all aimed at your goal. Specific and good goals can be becoming a team leader in your organization in next 3 years or saving 10 lakhs of rupees in 5 years. These are measurable goals that you can track. Such goals require specific decisions that you will need to make. Making the right decisions is all that it takes!

Realizing your goal should be your number one priority!

This might sound selfish but this is the most important thing that you will do for yourself to realize your dreams. Love what you do and yes, love yourself – if you don’t, you will never be able to realize your dreams. Also, when you prioritize your dreams over that of others, you will start feeling important and this will motivate you to work harder. And of course, when you love yourself, you will ensure that you don’t over-exhaust yourself thereby your dreams will become clearer and more achievable.

Hard work is not always important!

The next important thing to realize is that not always, it is the hard-work that helps you achieve your goals. It takes some very clear planning and strategizing. Of course, an essential aspect of this is decision making. You don’t have to over-stress yourself at work and spend extra hours to get an annual hike of say, 2000 INR. Decide what you really want – achieving your dream is not to earn that much extra; it is to live a life that is fulfilling. If you have been dreaming of a vacation and working extra to save that extra money for it, by the time you really accumulate that money you may actually feel too exhausted for that travel. Hence, take right decisions about your dreams and how you plan to achieve them!