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Secret “2-Minute” Rule to Improve Decision Making

Okay, I admit it! My best friend and my own husband, try to avoid doing grocery shopping with me. No, I don't spend tons of money. I don't randomly buy things I don't need and I always stick with the list.

So why would they roll their eyes every time I suggest doing grocery shopping together?

The reason lies, mostly, in the fact that I don't just randomly throw the first tomato sauce that happened to be placed on my eye level. And I don't buy a suspiciously-looking jar of jam (as my husband suggests), only because it’s on sale.

I read labels. I pay attention to the nutrition facts. I compare ingredient lists' of two different brands. I study expiration dates. Then I make the best, educated decision and choose the product that I like.

In my defense, I don’t do it with every single item on my grocery list. Usually, there are just 1-2 products (or brands) that I haven’t tried before so, naturally, I spend some time choosing the best one.

What about you? Is there any area, where you could use faster decision-making skills?

  • Do you frequently change your mind after making a decision?
  • Do you take your time to research and analyze everything until you think yourself into analysis paralysis?
  • Do you often ask people what they think before making up your mind about something?

If yes, than you can definitely benefit from reading “14 EASY WAYS TO IMPROVE DECISION MAKING”.

There is also another great article that I found helpful that talks about Tips for Lightning-Fast Decision Making.

The one tip that I really liked is called “the 2 minute rule”:

“The idea behind this tip is to force action through a self-imposed deadline. It’s simple enough to incorporate: any time you have to make a decision, just set the timer and begin the process…If you’re simply slow at making decisions, then this tip is a life saver. It doesn’t have to be 2 minutes either; anything from 1-5 minutes should work fine as well.”

As much as it pains me to admit, choosing the right jar of jam or picking the best tomato sauce brand is not going to make long-lasting impact on my life quality or my health. And if 2 minute rule is enough to make people that I love happier, I am willing to try it! (Although, I’d give myself 3 minutes instead of 2)!

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