If you’re like me and struggle with ordering food, it’s hard to advise beyond using randomness and deciding that if the decision you make will not matter an hour from now, you probably shouldn’t think too hard about it. However, there are several strategies that are helpful when making more difficult/influential decisions.
Firstly, a written pro/con list can help. You may have everything organized in your head, but writing it out can help you get a sense of numbers--how many points fall to each side? How important are each of benefits and risks? In addition, you could write out a list of possible outcomes and see whether or not the most likely scenarios are mostly good or bad.
But sometimes quantifying these choices doesn’t help--our gut still tells us to go one way or the other. Another strategy is to decide on one of the options arbitrarily, and then see how you feel. Do you feel relieved? Or do you regret not picking one of the other choices? If you regret, switch, and if not, continue.
Finally, it’s okay to take a deep breath and ask for help sometimes. A second head can sometimes pick up on things that we can’t from our limited perspectives, and if nothing else, the other person can be there to support whichever option you eventually decide on.
Hopefully this advice can make decisionmaking slightly easier when the time comes!
-- Joanna Slusarewicz