How to Make Effective Decisions Quickly

Learning to make fast decluttering decisions about your belongings can be a difficult task, but with practice you will find it becomes easier and easier. In the past you may have made decisions too quickly and the result has backfired on you. Rather than repeat your mistakes, you don’t make any decisions about your belongings and they are now taking over the house.

So just how do you make considered decisions quickly and easily and not regret those same decisions later on? Here are five tips to help you make decisions about your unwanted belongings.

1.  Look At Your Past Decisions

  • You can easily discover what has motivated your decision making process in the past by reflecting on why you made your previous decisions.
  • Were you so frustrated by the mess around you and it was all so overwhelming, that you simply tossed everything – and then lived to regret it.  Perhaps you were faced with too many choices about how you could use various items in your home, that you were overwhelmed by the choices and so made none. Or perhaps in the past you have thrown out an item that you later found you needed, and you are now letting your fears of making a wrong decision stop you from making any decisions at all.
  • Whatever the reasons are, once you understand why you have made the decisions you have about your belongings, you can work on improving your decision-making abilities moving forward.

2.  Getting Over Your Fears

  • There are many fears that play into decision making. You could be afraid because you think you might fail at decluttering. You could be afraid because you’ll have to take responsibility for consequences. You also could be afraid to choose between a lot of options.
  • If you’re afraid of failure, it’s a feeling that nearly everyone has encountered at some time in his or her life. The reality is that you very well may fail at certain things in life. It’s inevitable! Even the most organised people have thrown out (and kept) items that they wish they hadn’t of.
  • However, you can’t let this fear rule your life. Instead of being afraid of failure, decide what you’ll do if you do fail. Start small and declutter items that have little value or sentimental attachment.  This way you can practice your decision making skills and if you throw out something you wished you hadn’t of, it is not too expensive to replace or will not impact you emotionally.

3.  Going With Your Gut Instinct

  • When you feel that you have too many options, simply stop, take a deep breath and go with your gut instinct. Your gut instinct is usually right and you get the benefit of a quick decision.
  • Ensure that you’re calm and focused when you’re going with your gut instinct. That way, you can feel confident that you’re going with your true feelings and not something that’s influenced by outside sources.

4.  Speeding Up The Process

  • If you’re having trouble making the correct decisions, give yourself more time. Take the time to weigh your options and go with a decision whole-heartedly. Be ready to take responsibility for your actions, even knowing that everything might not go according to plan.
  • After you strengthen your overall decision making skills, then it’s easier to focus on making your decisions faster. With regular practice, you will notice that you are making decisions about your belongings quicker and easier.  Practice your decluttering decision making.

5.  Learning from Mistakes and Moving Forward

  • Start with smaller projects and practice making decisions about your whether you will keep your belongings or whether it is time for them to go to someone else.  Practice on items of little value or sentimental attachment.  Keep a journal to help you remember which methods work the best for you. Soon enough, you’ll find yourself making better decluttering decisions quicker than ever before.