Reduce The impact of Tough Decisions on Your Wellbeing

Employers and leader face tough decisions every day. It’s part of the role. But unlike other day-to-day tasks that can be adjusted, there is only one way to overcome difficult choices – and that is head-on.

Naturally, this places stress upon the decision maker, therefore, having an impact on their overall wellness. It’s not surprising then that many entrepreneurs report suffering from burnout and anxiety, all because they are left alone to shoulder all the decisions normally shared across teams in larger companies.

However, avoiding the tough decision-making process doesn’t help managers either. In fact, being indecisive is one of the top mistakes leaders must avoid, according to experts.

So, how can you reduce the negative impacts that making tough decisions can have on your wellbeing? Here are five ways:

Don’t overthink the decision

The latest research into the way we think reveals that our brains will adapt when faced with a tough decision. In other words, if we believe we have hit a wall in our decision-making process, the brain steps and reconstructs new bases upon which a choice can be made. So, don’t stress about a problematic selection, give your mind time to re-evaluate the choice instead of placing pressure on yourself.

Prioritise your choices

The phenomenon called decision fatigue can bring out the worst in people. That’s because of the repeated pressure to make successive choices that drains our ability to display self-control. It’s important to ask yourself if the decisions you need to make are absolutely time critical. There are many important choices that managers must make, but not all of them are urgent.

Enlist the help of your team

Not every decision must be made by the leader. In situations that don’t involve confidential, sensitive or classified information, it may be a good idea to get the opinion of your team if you’re stuck on a choice. Not only will you reduce the pressure on yourself, but you’ll also make your team feel valued and appreciated.

Avoid analysis paralysis

Sometimes the fear of getting things wrong can add to the difficulty of a decision. Rather than dissecting every bit of information, data and metrics available to you, and delaying the choice even further, make calculated risks. After all, the worse that could happen is that you’ll just learn from your mistake.

Step outside the box

Another cause for stress over tough decisions comes about when you feel too connected to the choice. For a more objective view, try imagining that you are advising a friend, this gives the impression that you don’t have much to risk and frees your mind to focus purely on the solution.

Difficult decisions need not be daunting. Keep these five tips handy, and you’ll save yourself unwanted stress, make better decisions and look after your wellbeing.