Explore the pros and cons of your options when making a decision.
If you feel stuck on a decision, here's a step-by-step approach you can use.
|Decision Making Steps||Example|
|Step 1: Describe Your Problem or Situation.
Write down what decision needs to be made. Maybe it's something that's not working in your life. Include what you'd like to improve or change.
|Describe the Problem:
I like working in construction but I hurt my leg. I don't think I can do that kind of work anymore. How can I find a job that I'm physically able to do?
|Step 2: Gather Information.
Talk with people with knowledge about your problem or situation. Read about it to find possible options.
|Step 3: Brainstorm Solutions.
Write down all possible options. Don't worry if they seem hard to achieve or don't make sense.
|Step 4: Analyze the Solutions and Choose One.
Weigh the pros and cons of each choice. If you have many good options, you can rank them in order. Put the options you like best at the top of the list and the options you don't like at the bottom. Someone close to you can help you with this list.
Option: Go to college in the evenings and work during the day.
I can still work and will have income. I have always wanted to get a bachelor's degree. I can apply what I learn to my work in construction. My mom will babysit my daughter while I'm at school.
I won't be able to spend as much time with my daughter. I'll have to quit my church volunteer work for two years. Money will be tighter for a while.
|Step 5: Implement Your Solution.
Once you decide which option you like, write down the activities you need to do for this option. Don't forget to plan for deadlines and costs. Find support to help you.
Implement Your Solution: