Stress affects our ability to make the best decisions, but there some strategies to help you overcome its impact.
Whilst in crisis mode, you may feel a sense of urgency or panic. A feeling that you want everything to happen now and the need to act in the moment due to the pressure. Before making any pivotal decisions, here are some basic 5 (five) steps to guide you.
- Slow Down: Firstly, take a deep breath. Take your time when making decisions rather than acting on gut feelings. Those quick actions may reduce some of your anxiety in the short-run, but they are likely to create more problems than they solve. Always take a moment.
- Consider the Alternatives / Solicit Different Viewpoints: Analyze all of the options and find your baseline so that you can make a judgement on what would be the best solution.
- Understanding What You Can Control: Navigate a range of factors you can control and those you cannot. Understanding the difference between the two is essential. Work on things you can control and understand how those things are affecting you. You may not be able to control the length of a stay-at-home order, but you can control how you’re going to continue business operations.
- Emotions and Empathy: How can you ensure that a decision is not made based solely on emotions? Approach the decision-making process initially by trying to apply some degree of structured logic, rather than relying uniquely on emotions and empathy.
- Don’t Second-Guess: Once a decision is made, accept that you did the best you could and move on. There are no perfect decisions; there’s no right way. You make your best judgement and you try to learn. It’s important to cut yourself a little slack. No one does it perfectly.
- Execute the Decision: Convert your decision into a plan or a sequence of activities. Execute your plan by yourself or with the help of subordinates.