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7 Ways To Stop Making Bad Decisions | Fast Company | Business + Innovation

7 Ways To Stop Making Bad Decisions | Fast Company | Business + Innovation


While researching her book Hertz says she found that our emotions and environment had an impact on decision-making. For example, when investors were given the same information on a red background versus a green background, they were more favorable to the red.

When judges were hungry, they tended to dole out harsher punishments. But hold off on the cheeseburger before your next big team meeting: The research also showed that just being aware of the environment and your feelings is enough to offset them and get you into a more objective state of mind.

5. Take care of yourself.

Getting enough sleep is a big factor in decision-making. When you’re tired or don’t feel well, you’re not likely to make the best decisions, Hertz says.

6. Make time to think.

Hertz says the distraction deluge to which we’re subjected every day can undermine good decision-making. You can’t process information and think clearly while you’re answering texts, emails, and tweets. She recommends carving out at least 30 minutes a day to just think, especially if you’re in a creative or leadership role. This is often where good decision-making happens.

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