Keeping life simple – obtaining the answers with less effort

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In a world of increasing complexity and bombardment, it’s easy to feel anxiety around making the right decisions or merely keeping pace with knowledge and technological requirements of just doing business.

In moments of overwhelm, you could drive off in solitude to explore the beach or the hills, however, the chances are you will be driving a luxury car built in the last 20 years. A car with beautifully automated features, windows that go up and down at the push of a finger, sound proofing designed to block out unwanted exterior noise and create a “new” driving experience. Without realising, you can be immersed in another environment of sound producing distraction. Automation, despite its advantages, comes loaded with light and sound distractions like we have never seen before. A complexity causing an uncomfortable, disconcerting way to live in- both professionally and personally!

Workplaces, by nature can increase anxiety they can be a plethora of software options, systems, controls, evaluations and interaction with people – how are you keeping up?

On the personal front, every time you attempt to make a purchase, you will be swamped with options. For example, have you seen choice of toothpaste lately? Heaps of whitening, brightening or sensitive products clambering to be chosen as your preferred brand. Multiply these choices and apply it to every product we buy and just buying everyday items can be exhausting.

If you weren’t so pressed for time, you could spend all day merely attempting to make up your mind about everyday things! Newspaper articles like discussing how people today are experiencing stress and anxiety when shopping for leisure goods! Choices about where to holiday, where to eat, and what to order from a menu are often no less onerous.

Start Your Network

The flow of information, goods, and services, exacerbated by the Internet, contributes directly to over-complexity in choices, which has been increasing at an exponential rate for the last three decades. So, unlike generations before us, it’s more vital now than ever before to have a network of contacts in place that you can rely upon.

Concurrently consider that collecting more data is not always the answer.

Here are four ways of making big decisions quickly and obtaining the answers you want with less effort:

    1. Three degrees of separation. (not six) You’re three calls away from an expert. If you can identify one person to call to initiate your information search, you can get your answer within two more calls.
      Who is the first person to call? It could be your local organisation or council, an industry or professional association, or an information service firm (such as a market research firm). Perhaps you can find a government expert, local member or the editor of a leading publication.
    2. Find the Pioneering types. Has someone already faced a problem like yours? If so, it would behave you to learn what he or she discovered. It pays to network with people in your field. Later, you can tap them for their experience.
    3. Build consensus. (Hub Spoke, Think Tank) Can you assemble a group, talk it over, brainstorm, and base your decision on the consensus reached? In many instances, this procedure works amazingly well. After all, it’s always easier to rely on the power of a group than to tackle a task alone. Be a leading learner and be prepared to collaborate and share information.
    4. Let time tell. The answer might simply emerge. Often, as circumstances unfold, the decision that makes the most sense becomes apparent. If you suspect this might be the case, sit back and let time take its course. Through time the answer may become abundantly clear.

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