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If you have a job that requires you to make numerous decisions throughout the day, you should pass along some of those responsibilities to other team members. Making too many decisions by yourself will cause a “depletion of the brain’s mental stamina,” which will lead to poor decisions or not deciding at all, according to Psychology Today.“Every decision we make implies a possible loss, and we are essentially loss-averse animals,” Margaret J. King, Director of The centre for Cultural Studies & Analysis, says. “‘Decide’ means ‘to cut,’ and we focus on what we are losing, not gaining. This is the brain issue behind most decisions.”
This is most relevant to small business owners who are usually attached to their businesses, take on more than they should handle and make most decisions themselves. They are also more limited in resources than those who work for larger corporations.
In order to refrain from making bad decisions, small business owners should spend time coaching other team members with the skill and motivation and monitor their progress.They should also keep in mind that most decisions are neither bad or good, but merely a choice that leads to different results and trade-offs.
“We have access to more information than ever before, but the irony is that we feel less informed and more overwhelmed,” says Paul Magnone, co-author of “Drinking from the Fire Hose: Making Smarter Decisions Without Drowning in Information.” “It’s no wonder we have decision fatigue. It’s impossible to effectively deal with everything that comes our way – especially for small business owners dealing with limited resources, funds and staff.”
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