Have a hard decision to make? Here's a brilliant way to do it

Have a hard decision to make? Here's a brilliant way to do it

There's a method for deconstructing big decisions to make them seem less daunting and easier to comphrehend.

Almost like transforming it into smaller, more manageable, monthly questions.

The method is known as 'Descartes' Square', named after the 17th century French philosopher René Descartes (think, 'I think, therefore I am').

When faced with a decision regarding whether or not do complete an action, get a piece of paper, divide it in four, and write one of the following bullet points in each quadrant.

  • What will happen if this happens?
  • What will happen if this doesn’t happen?
  • What won’t happen if this happens?
  • What won’t happen if this doesn’t happen?

Now write the answers you come up with to each question in the quadrant.

The visual layout helps to see all of the points, and it prevents you getting stuck on the first problem - like people often do.

Voila. The consequences of your decision will become clearer instantly.

HT Brightside

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