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How to Constantly Make Right Decisions When Life Is Full of Uncertainties

How to Constantly Make Right Decisions When Life Is Full of Uncertainties

Have you ever gone through a situation so bad that you sat down for a moment and wondered if you have thought this through because then you wouldn’t be stuck in this mess? You probably have because half the hardships that we meet in our life are created by ridiculous decisions we make, which are a reflection of our productivity. From what and where to eat, to what career to pursue, every little aspect of your life depends on smart decisions and clever calculations. Read on to find out why.

Always Calculate the Cost And Benefit Before Making Decisions

Cost benefit calculation is one of the smartest ways through which leading business experts and brands strategically determine and foresee the future of a business move. Sure, all of us do try and think things through before diving right in to the conclusion of a business decision, but the bigger the impact, the bigger the risk. To reduce the risk and to reassure yourself of a successful venture, you need to do a cost benefit calculation. It should be very much a part of everyday life. Before making any substantial decision, analyze the costs and benefits.[1]

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Cost Benefit Analysis Helps You to Plan for the Future

The easiest way to execute a correct calculation and the right way to do it is by calculating the foreseeable cost as well as the expected quantifiable positive cash flow over a set period of time. This may sound a tad bit complicated but it is not. It’s as simple as planning all factors of a budget thoroughly so that you don’t have to face higher risks. Basically, cost benefit analysis reduces the risk.

It lets you lay a stronger foundation for your decision. It also helps you to foresee the changes that are going to occur to your plan and the mobilization of peripheral factors. It’s the smart way of making a decision. It’s a reflection of your productivity.

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The biggest challenge is the process itself. It’s not that easy after all. It requires quite bit of groundwork. You need to understand the environment that your decision is going to disrupt. A thorough analysis is much needed. You need to understand the trends and nature of the market.

Predict Potential Risks and Plan for Them

In its simplest form, cost benefit calculation is a basic analysis, of how much of any resources are you investing and what you are getting in return. You draw a parallel between the inputs and outputs.

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For instance, one could calculate how much one student studies for an exam and how high he will score on the paper. The result should be positively related, as in the more he studied, the better he must have scored. Or else, some peripheral element must have impacted the entire scenario.

In a larger context, you should ask yourself how much money you are investing into a business and what your profit will be. This needs to be analyzed long before the plan is implemented. In other words, the plan should be formed on the foundation of this calculation.

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One needs to be on their toes while calculating these means as even the slightest factor could bring about transformative impact. Being updated, clear and focused can help you tremendously. Being absolutely aware of your plan and its impacts is necessary.

It makes the decision making process simpler and clearer. Cost benefit calculation can be applied to both smaller and larger decisions. It also aids you to be accurate in your planning and execution process. Try using this tool for a successful life!

Reference

[1] Investopedia: Cost-Benefit Analysis

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Last Updated on March 23, 2021

Manage Your Energy so You Can Manage Your Time

Manage Your Energy so You Can Manage Your Time

One of the greatest ironies of this age is that while various gadgets like smartphones and netbooks allow you to multitask, it seems that you never manage to get things done. You are caught in the busyness trap. There’s just too much work to do in one day that sometimes you end up exhausted with half-finished tasks.

The problem lies in how to keep our energy level high to ensure that you finish at least one of your most important tasks for the day. There’s just not enough hours in a day and it’s not possible to be productive the whole time.

You need more than time management. You need energy management

1. Dispel the idea that you need to be a “morning person” to be productive

How many times have you heard (or read) this advice – wake up early so that you can do all the tasks at hand. There’s nothing wrong with that advice. It’s actually reeks of good common sense – start early, finish early. The thing is that technique alone won’t work with everyone. Especially not with people who are not morning larks.

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I should know because I was once deluded with the idea that I will be more productive if I get out of bed by 6 a.m. Like most of you Lifehackers, I’m always on the lookout for productivity hacks because I have a lot of things in my plate. I’m working full time as an editor for a news agency, while at the same time tending to my side business as a content marketing strategist. I’m also a travel blogger and oh yeah, I forgot, I also have a life.

I read a lot of productivity books and blogs looking for ways to make the most of my 24 hours. Most stories on productivity stress waking up early. So I did – and I was a major failure in that department – both in waking up early and finishing early.

2. Determine your “peak hours”

Energy management begins with looking for your most productive hours in a day. Getting attuned to your body clock won’t happen instantly but there’s a way around it.

Monitor your working habits for one week and list down the time when you managed to do the most work. Take note also of what you feel during those hours – do you feel energized or lethargic? Monitor this and you will find a pattern later on.

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My experiment with being a morning lark proved that ignoring my body clock and just doing it by disciplining myself to wake up before 8 a.m. will push me to be more productive. I thought that by writing blog posts and other reports in the morning that I would be finished by noon and use my lunch break for a quick gym session. That never happened. I was sleepy, distracted and couldn’t write jack before 10 a.m.

In fact that was one experiment that I shouldn’t have tried because I should know better. After all, I’ve been writing for a living for the last 15 years, and I have observed time and again that I write more –and better – in the afternoon and in evenings after supper. I’m a night owl. I might as well, accept it and work around it.

Just recently, I was so fired up by a certain idea that – even if I’m back home tired from work – I took out my netbook, wrote and published a 600-word blog post by 11 p.m. This is a bit extreme and one of my rare outbursts of energy, but it works for me.

3. Block those high-energy hours

Once you have a sense of that high-energy time, you can then mold your schedule so that your other less important tasks will be scheduled either before or after this designated productive time.

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Block them out in your calendar and use the high-energy hours for your high priority tasks – especially those that require more of your mental energy and focus. You also need to use these hours to any task that will bring you closer to you life’s goal.

If you are a morning person, you might want to schedule most business meetings before lunch time as it’s important to keep your mind sharp and focused. But nothing is set in stone. Sometimes you have to sacrifice those productive hours to attend to other personal stuff – like if you or your family members are sick or if you have to attend your son’s graduation.

That said, just remember to keep those productive times on your calendar. You may allow for some exemptions but stick to that schedule as much as possible.

There’s no right or wrong way of using this energy management technique because everything depends on your own personal circumstances. What you need to remember is that you have to accept what works for you – and not what other productivity gurus say you should do.

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Understanding your own body clock is the key to time management. Without it, you end up exhausted chasing a never-ending cycle of tasks and frustrations.

Featured photo credit: Collin Hardy via unsplash.com

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