October 17, 2014

Making decisions easier

While rereading Bossypants this summer, I learned a new way to make seemingly unsolvable decisions: Decide to not decide... yet.

Turns out Tina Fey and Lorne Michaels were both uncertain about her impersonating Sarah Palin on Saturday Night Live – which, by now, you'll know was a huge pop culture moment in 2008. In her book, she mentions how they dealt with it:
"We decided not to decide. This is another technique I'd learned from Lorne. Sometimes if you have a difficult decision to make, just stall until the answer presents itself." 
(Bossypants, pg. 203. Emphasis mine)

I was curious if stalling makes situations more stressful. Until I tried it once. Then twice. And after a couple more times, I liked it.

Exhausting my pro/con lists often leave me feeling stuck. When I remind myself I don't have to decide yet, a solution or decision pops up quickly. Allowing my mind some space to relax, which shrinks the decision-making stress, usually gives me the answer/solution I need.

Have you ever tried this? Did you find it successful?

P.S. If you haven't already, you should read Bossypants. Heck, you should pick up a copy for yourself. Word to the wise? Don't eat or drink while reading. I learned this the hard way; I laughed so hard, I dribbled.

1 comment:

  1. And Bossypants is now on my list. #cantwaittolaugh

    also. I need to try this method of decision making.


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