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How to Make Good Decisions? Hint: A Pros/Cons List Won’t Help

Good decision making starts with having multiple options available to you, according to author Chip Heath (who, with his brother Dan, wrote Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work). By having more than one option, you are more likely to collect information and make a stronger decision. By generating options when we believe there are none, the likelihood of taking the best action becomes more likely, according to Dan Health. Furthermore, the authors express the importance of trusting other people’s experiences with the situation more than our own gut feelings—one of the reasons that websites like Yelp are so useful in picking out places to eat, for instance.

About Matthew Kabik

Matthew Kabik is the former Editor of Computer Aid's Accelerating IT Success. He worked at Computer Aid, Inc. from 2008 to 2014 in the Harrisburg offices, where he was a copywriter, swordsman, social media consultant, and trainer before moving into editorial.

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