Last month was one of many important decisions both for me as for the daughters. After taking the decisions to take a dog in April, some other important ones were taken for the future. Next step now is to act on the decisions. What I also find important is that after a while, a predetermined amount of time which you defined in one of the steps of the decision-making process—take an honest look back at your decision. Did you solve the problem? Did you answer the question? Did you meet your goals?
If so, take note of what worked for future reference. If not, learn from your mistakes as you begin the decision-making process again.
Robert Frost wrote, “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” But unfortunately, not every decision is as simple as “Let’s just take this path and see where it goes,” especially when you’re making a decision related to your business.
The most important first step is identifying the problem you need to solve or the question you need to answer. If you misidentify the problem to solve, or if the problem you’ve chosen is too broad this might be a bad decision to start with.
If you need to achieve a specific goal from your decision, make it measurable and timely so you know for certain that you met the goal at the end of the process. This is one of the important things I really learned during my studies as a Project Manager.
And sometimes the force is to decide not to choose between certain talents and be what they call a slasher, I word I learned when I was asked for an interview some years ago as the magazine identified me as one. As many slashers this means I am an entrepreneur, which brings a flexibility to my schedule.
One thing is for sure: boredom is not part of my schedule.
Our dog, Leo, my first dog ever actually teaches me to be a bit lazy from time to time and also to take time to just go for a walk, without a reason, or just for a poo. New perspective in my life.