June 3rd, 2015
The Decision Making Worksheet
One of my best clients really struggles with decision making. It is something we have been working on together, really talking through each aspect and coming to a conclusion with all of the evidence at hand. The problem for her is that even after we have done this, she will still spend days and sometimes even weeks going back and forth between the options. As soon as she has made up her mind, she changes it again. As she said “it is really annoying for everyone in my life, including me.”
As I sat down to devise ways to help her through this, I realized that decision making is something I sometimes struggle with myself. When it comes to big decisions, I can tend to push them off until they have to be made instead of just sitting down and making them. I realized that while I had originally set out to help my client, I would actually be helping us both.
I knew that The MINTOA™ Mentality could help us through this, so I sat down and created a decision making worksheet based on MINTOA™. It works like this:
Motivation: How you want to feel after the decision is made.
Infrastructure: The Decision itself and the possible options.
Notepad: The Pro-Pro List. All of the pros for each option.
Timeline: The Deadline for making the decision and when you will give yourself time to think about the decision.
Observations: The Decision you made and how you will implement the decision.
Accomplishments: The Decision is made! Celebrate!
The first thing I used this for was to determine a new website platform. I wrote in pink as you can see in the pictures because pink ink really makes me happy. The beauty of the pro-pro list is that it eliminates redundancy. The pro of one choice is often the con of the other, so sometimes creating pro-con lists can get confusing, especially when there are more than two options.
Instead, I wrote all of the pros for each platform. Of course, there are some pros that mean more to me than others. For me, the fact that one platform allows me to easily edit my mobile site separately from my desktop site was a huge pro. I accounted for this in green. After I had gathered all of the information and all of the pros, I went back through the list and gave point values to each pro that meant something to me. At the end of the tally, the score was 5 to 12, there was a clear winner!
The Observation step requires not only writing out the decision itself, but also writing the main reasons you made this decision. This way, if the decision ever comes up again, you have a clear place to come back to and to see exactly why you made the decision you did.
The best part is that it worked for my customer too! We sat down and did a decision worksheet together and she loved it. She said she had been waiting for something like this and that it really helped her. She now feels confident in her decision!
Time will tell how much it helps both of us, but the one thing I know for sure is that we are both excited to use it again!
You have all of the instructions in this post, so feel free to give it a try on your own and let me know what you think! If you’d like, you can purchase the decision worksheet on Etsy for $1.
I’m excited that my clients and myself have a new tool at our disposal to make our lives just a little bit better ☺