Too many choices lead to …
Today, I will be sharing about choices and how too much of them will affect our decisions. This topic is very dear to me as I am affected by it a lot. I am often presented with so many choices, and I delay in making decisions or taking action.
Have you ever been to the store to pick up a simple item, let’s say a jar of jam, and then get overwhelmed by the sheer amount of choices? We’ve all experienced this. When we have too many options to pick from, we end up putting off the decision altogether. In other words, having too many choices can lead to procrastination, and that can be a big problem.
In our jam example, the consequences aren’t all that terrible. The worst case scenario is that we’ll run out of stuff to put on our toast. At other times, this procrastination can cost us dearly. Let’s say you’re in the market for a new apartment and your realtor presents you with too many great options. You put off making the final decision and by the time you do someone else has snatched your favorite apartment up from right under your nose.
Here’s another example. Let’s say your company offers a great 401K program with matching contributions. You have all the paperwork to sign up but can’t decide which one of the many funds is right for you. You put it off month after month, losing those matching contributions while you procrastinate.
Now that we’ve identified the problem and how it can impact us in our day to day life let’s talk about some ways we can avoid this procrastination and make decisions more quickly.
Your first step should always be to do what you can to cut down your choices. Looking at our overwhelming amount of jam, for example, you can cut down your options by only considering strawberry and raspberry jams made without artificial sweeteners. When it comes to the apartment example, you could start by striking your least favorite one off the list. If you’re moving there with a significant other, have them do the same. Suddenly the choices start to seem a little more manageable.
Another great strategy is to make yourself imagine what the consequences will be if you don’t choose. We already talked about those previously. Picture the ones for your particular situation and use them as motivation to make yourself choose.
Last but not least, consider putting yourself under a bit of time pressure. Dig out the old kitchen timer or open an app on your phone and force yourself to choose within a minute or two. Seeing the timer tick down makes you act quickly and forces you to think about what you want. It helps you make that difficult choice.
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