I need more time

 | April 30, 2009 12:49 PM

I have come to regret many rash decisions.  Examples are getting married and having children.  Just kidding 🙂 .  My mantra now is to never rush into anything.

In fact typically I try to amass as much information as possible before making a decision.  However this often does lead to anxiety.

The following blog post by Seth Godin makes me ponder about whether I am doing the right thing.  And how do you define “a reasonable amount of data?”  Indecisive perfectionists like me live a tortured life.

First rule of decision making: More time does not create better decisions.

In fact, it usually decreases the quality of the decision.

More information may help. More time without more information just creates anxiety, not insight.

Deciding now frees up your most valuable asset, time, so you can go work on something else. What happens if, starting today, you make every decision as soon as you have a reasonable amount of data?

Seth’s Blog: I need more time.

One Response to “I need more time”

TC wrote a comment on May 12, 2009

I hear you, bro. I have a problem with “analysis paralysis” too.

If you’re a “researcher” type like me, the internet has only made it worse. The internet is one large brochure, and a massive digital soap box for gushing one’s own opinion/bias/agenda. It makes for too many inputs.

Lastly, I’m also an engineer, and the world is one large “optimization” problem. Let’s do the math shall we?

(Researcher * Internet) ^ Optimizer = Decision never gonna freak’n happen!

Just ask MA, she’ll tell you I take FOREVER to come around on a decision. (sigh) she deserves a metal.

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