Written by Craig Lock

Especiallyrepparttar really important ones...

Life is full of decisions; we make hundreds of them every day. Most are automatic and minor ones. However, occasionally we are compelled to make vitally important decisions about major life-goals. These decisions are often practical or ethical ones. For example, we occasionally have to take major decisions like choosing a marriage partner (assuming they'll take you, that is), choosing to leave a partner in marriage, or decisions about what to do with your life.


A positive attitude to life helps make major decision making far easier and less stressful. Here are some general hints on decision making (although it's one of my weakest areas); but I'm trying hard to improve...

1. Get rid of your mental blocks.

2. Give uprepparttar 101947 notion that there is only one 'right solution' torepparttar 101948 problem/dilemma you are confronting.

3. Don't fear making a mistake.

4. View your problems as a normal part of life (is that possible?). Every problem requiring a decision is an "opportunity in disguise".

5. See yourself not as an indecisive person; but rather someone who sometimes behaves indecisively...that's a rather kind way of putting it.

6. Develop your intuition and logic, but listen to what your heart says (gut feeling).

7. Stop and think before you act. Stop yourself doingrepparttar 101949 first thing you think of. That's me for sure!

8. Be specific.

9. Know what your goals and your values are,repparttar 101950 principles of your existence, before taking a major life decision. Ask yourself, ifrepparttar 101951 ideal outcome is in alignment with your values.

10. Write down allrepparttar 101952 positive and negative factors for and against taking a particular course of action. American president, Benjamin Franklin did it in two columns when confronted with major decisions.

11. Think howrepparttar 101953 decision will benefit YOU first. Do what you and not what other people really want.

12. Try to think calmly and rationally (very difficult for me).

13 ("lucky"). Do your homework and get allrepparttar 101954 facts before you makerepparttar 101955 decision.

14. Get opinions and feedback from others you trust; but don't let them makerepparttar 101956 decision for you.

15. Establish priorities and "soulsearch" (for a "soulmate"). Ask yourself what arerepparttar 101957 critical factors? What isrepparttar 101958 single most important consideration?

16. Trust your impulses, your "gut-feelings". Use your intuition through meditation - this is "God,repparttar 101959 Universe" "speaking" back to us through all repparttar 101960 "accumulated wisdom" ofrepparttar 101961 world.

17. Don't take your decision too seriously; nothing is that important, no matter how much it appears like that to you. Ask yourself how much will it really matter in one, five or ten years time? Remember, no decision is irreversible; if you find out some way downrepparttar 101962 track that you've takenrepparttar 101963 wrong course. But some decisions are pretty important: finding another lover, or trading inrepparttar 101964 "old man" (I chose that word very carefully; so I wouldn't be beaten up byrepparttar 101965 feminists).


Written by Craig Lock

I believerepparttar key to effective time management is having a PLAN. Once you have done that, communicate your plans to others involved in your life (those nearest and dearest to you), or those people working with you in business.

1. Prioritise your goals. Set uprepparttar 101946 following:

* A weekly plan: Plan for a week at a time.

* A 'don't forget' list.

* A 'what now' list.

2. Focus onrepparttar 101947 important things -repparttar 101948 things that really matter to you.

3. Throw out irrelevant bits of paper.

4. No matter what pressure you are under, try to control your stress level at all times.

5. Control interruptions (even a 'closed door' policy is not a bad thing).

6. Don't procrastinate.

7. Prepare a reminder list of essential details.

8. Plan to getrepparttar 101949 routine tasks out ofrepparttar 101950 way as quickly as possible.

9. Develop routines. Ask yourself this question: can any (procedures) be eliminated or speeded up?

10. Focus on one task at a time.


10. Pat yourself onrepparttar 101951 back each day by reviewing your accomplishments.

11. Self monitor and self evaluate your progress onrepparttar 101952 way to your goals.

12. Set and keep deadlines for yourself and others (Don't "interrupt" yourself).

13. Learn to say "no" to others' demands.

14. Slow down for success.

15. Distinguishrepparttar 101953 really urgent fromrepparttar 101954 seemingly urgent. Sort out low priority work. Put it aside for later or eliminate it totally.

16. Encourage others to get torepparttar 101955 point onrepparttar 101956 telephone or at meetings. Without being too rude, of course!

Waffle less (I love 'em), yourself!

17. Respond less formally, but with more speed, eg. a hand-written compliments slip rather than a typed letter.

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