Is decision making an art or science?
There are many attempts to frame or build process around decision making, but teaching the science of of decision making sometimes lead to over thinking, especially in thousands of day-to-day situations. The daily debt of over thinking in micro-decisions typically leads to frustration, anxiety and indecisiveness that will become major mental roadblocks in many promising careers. In the few tips shared by 99%.com, it first starts with identification of Satisficers vs Maximizers:
Satisficers are those who make a decision or take action once their criteria are met. That doesn’t mean they’ll settle for mediocrity; their criteria can be very high; but as soon as they find the car, the hotel, or the pasta sauce that has the qualities they want, they’re satisfied.
Maximizers want to make the optimal decision. So even if they see a bicycle or a photographer that would seem to meet their requirements, they can’t make a decision until after they’ve examined every option, so they know they’re making the best possible choice…
In a fascinating book, The Paradox of Choice, Barry Schwartz argues that satisficers tend to be happier than maximizers. Maximizers must spend a lot more time and energy to reach a decision, and they’re often anxious about whether they are, in fact, making the best choice.
There are many more helpful tips with this post such as using 3 different kinds of intuition, trusting self/other experiences and the value of picking your battles!
Be bold and make decisions!
Via 99% | Don’t Overthink It: 5 Tips for Daily Decision-Making
How many hours of sleep do we need? According to Mayo Clinic, recommending 7 to 9 hours for adults. Since sleep is so critical to health, 7 to 9 is actually a sizable range, but the key is that it can vary by person. We are all pretty good with the wake-up time since it is pre-determined by our daily-life’s demand, but how about bed time?
Dr. Michael Breus of the Insomnia Blog provides a method of experimenting with your bed time back by 15 mins in order to find your nature wake up time, and the key here is – without the alarm.
Via The Insomnia blog | Is Your Bedtime Making You Fat?
Jared Cohen: Don’t Pursue Ideas With Obvious Conclusions from 99% on Vimeo.
The best ideas raise more questions than answers. Google Ideas’ Jared Cohen urges us to be intellectually adventurous by pursuing ideas without obvious conclusions.
Since I manage many perfectionists, the idea of Pareto Principle is shared frequently at work. Pareto Principle is better known as the 80-20 rule, the law of the vital few, and the principle of factor sparsity, states that, for many events, roughly 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes.
In the productivity perspective, 80% of the results are produced by 20% of the effort. I am not saying that we should only work at the 20% capacity, but the importance in identifying the first 20%, and the awareness when we reach 80%. I am also a stronger believer that in any project, margins are made in the first 20%, and profit losses are usually accumulated in the last 20%.
Audrey The Perfectionist
Upcycling? Upcycling is the process of converting waste materials or useless products into new materials or products of better quality or a higher environmental value. [Wikipedia] Drink too much wine and have endless supply of corks? Head over to Danny Seo’s site on his wine corks upcycling, my favorite is his bath mat!
Daily Danny | “Wine Corks Upcycling”