Should I keep going, or should I quit? Have I made the right choice, or should I switch? Should I postpone the exam until next semester, or should I give it a try? What should I do after my degree? Should I do my Master's or start working, or go abroad first instead? Should I stay in this relationship or end it?
There are an endless number of situations where you can face a decision-making dilemma. Any situation involving a decision is a dilemma as long as there is no option that is clearly better. These dilemmas can put us under a lot of pressure, overwhelm us and seem to last forever. When this is the case, it's worth acquiring the skills, help or tools necessary to deal with the situation more effectively.
A good introduction to dealing effectively with the challenge of making a decision.
Worksheet: The Dilemma
Classic lists of the pros and cons are very helpful for gathering and sorting all the information and arguments for and against each option.
Worksheet: Pros and cons
This is a good option if the decision is a complex one and you need to choose from various options.
Worksheet: Mind map
When we visualise things (with our mind's eye), we think less with the logical, analytical part of our brain about an issue and can balance out what is frequently language-oriented 'thinking'. This makes it possible to bring our emotions into considering a situation.
Worksheet: Thought experiment
There will always be times when we begin to have doubts about a decision we have made. Reflecting back on the decision-making process can be helpful in becoming clearer about our own reasons for making the decision and give us important input for the next steps.
Worksheet: Influence diagram