How to Stay on Top of Your Decisions

As the adage goes, with age comes wisdom. The older you get, the more rational your decisions are, because of the years of experience that comes with dealing with life situations. Yet, sometimes, it can seem confusing because the world around is constantly changing. With the multitude of options available for everything today, from food to services to banking, it can get overwhelming to make a decision.

That doesn’t mean you need to relinquish complete control to someone else. As long as you are able, you can continue to call the shots. If you find yourself stumped at some stage, here is how you can overcome that:

1. Keep it Simple

When trying to make a choice between two or more options, simplify your decision by keeping the outcome in mind. For instance, if you are trying to choose a healthcare provider for yourself, prioritize what you want. Is easy home availability, pricing, or proximity to your house the most important factor to you? Once you decide, you can identify the provider who will work best for your needs.

2. Work by Elimination

If you are unable to make a conclusive decision, try working backwards. Even if you aren’t sure of what you do want, most often, you will know what you don’t want. Eliminate options you don’t particularly like. This will help you make a decision or, at least, narrow them down to a few options.

3. Ask Questions

While making a decision, it is important to ask the right questions, so you don’t have any obstacles in the future. Say, you are looking to hire a cook. Check if they can come according to your meal timings, how equipped they are to deal with your dietary requirements, if they will find you a replacement when going on leave, and so on. It is better to make an informed decision rather than scramble to fix it later.

4. Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Help

Some seniors hesitate to ask for advice or help because they think it is a telltale sign of their diminishing abilities. However, everyone needs some assistance from time to time, and asking for advice or help isn’t a sign of lost dignity. Ask your children or anyone else you trust to help you with your decision if you find it tough to do it independently.

5. Make Your Voice Heard

Asking for help does not mean that you should settle for any and all advice you get. At the end of the day, the decision is yours to make. Consider the advice given to you, but still go with the choice that seems most appealing and rational to you.

Your life is yours to live. However, roping in others from time to time can help you make better choices. The key is to listen to different opinions, but make the final decision based on what works best for you