When people ask me how work is fundamentally changing, I simply tell them, you are going to have to make more decisions about how you work than ever before. You also have to learn to manage your decisions.
I call it the “Decision Shift”.
More and more work decisions are shifting away from management and toward individual workers at a time when individuals have more choices than ever about how they work!
Work as you know it is changing. It hasn’t changed this dramatically since the Industrial Revolution in the late 1800s.
The pace of change is accelerating in such a way that it’s forcing us to look for work more frequently, learn new skills and even choose where we work and who we work with.
The future of work is managing yourself.
Now don’t freak out! I recently taught some decision management strategies in a webinar I did with Mike Vardy of the Productivityist, I’d like to share with you now.
The Foundation of Your Decision-Making Process
Your values of your first line of defense when making decisions.
When you make decisions, you want to make them in alignment with your values. Your values help you weigh life-changing decisions more effectively, as well as help you make better choices for everyday decisions.
If you don’t have a clear understanding of what you value, you will struggle to make decisions or worse, you will fall under the influence of the opinion of others.
Know your values to make decisions on your terms.
To learn how to identify your values, I share a few exercises in episode 181.
Reduce the Number of Decisions You Need to Make
If you already feel overwhelmed by all the decisions you have to make, I’m sorry to tell you more are on the way as work continues to change!
There’s good news! You don’t have to make all of these decisions.
One of the best decisions you can make in your life and work is to make time to evaluate and reflect on all of the decisions you need to make on a regular basis. I suggest at least once a month.
The same process to create more time I shared with you in episode 116, can also be used to reduce the number of decisions you have to make.
Here are the 5 steps:
Make a list of one-time and regularly recurring decisions you need to make.
What don’t you need to do, has lost it’s meaning or you don’t know why you are doing it? What decisions don’t you have to make, but are on your list?
Who else can make this decision and maybe better than you or with more enthusiasm?
How can all or part of some of your daily decisions be automated using software?
What decisions and tasks are most in alignment with your values and energizes you that deserve your full attention?
Optimize Your Energy for Making Decisions
You will make much better decisions the more energy and mental clarity you have.
In episode 187 I talked about identifying your peak performance period: the 4-hour window each day when you feel most energized and have your best mental focus.
Guess what? Studies have shown you will make much better decisions during your peak performance period compared to other times of day when you are tired or are suffering from decision fatigue.
Another way to combat decision fatigue is by turning everyday decisions into habits. Instead of deciding what I’m eating for breakfast and lunch every day, I eat the same thing.
Need help managing your decisions, schedule a Clarity Call with me!