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Ever want to get better at making decisions? Do you sometimes feel as if time has made a decision for you? And not the one you might have made?
 
When we avoid decisions, the decision looms large, becomes a crisis, and won’t disappear until we lean in and deal.
 
Mental clutter is caused when we are not clear on what the question or decision is. Clutter also shows up when it's a difficult decision or an emotional one. It’s hard to detach from the emotions.
 
We lose – or give away – the ability to choose. We feel almost powerless. We get boxed in. We take a self-esteem hit, a quality of life hit, a productivity hit (in life and at work).
 
When we choose, “We become the authors of our own lives.” [From Hard Choices TED talk/transcript by philosopher Ruth Chang.]
 
Two articles today: How to Decide – a framework or system of questions you can start with next big decision you’re aware you’re not making; and in the ADHD Awareness article, a particular focus on emotional regulation strategies.
 
Signing off wishing you all the best in key decisions you need to make today, at home, at work or in your business, in life.

p.s. We all learn and process differently; some of us are stronger when we can take time to process aloud, and figure out how to apply what you'll read in this newsletter.

Please consider working with me on your own decision framework: how can you make decisions you are happier and more comfortable with – at work, at home, in life. Call or write today Sue@OrganizeNH.com or 603.554.1948.

Decisions: How to Make the Right One


Decisions: I don’t recall how I made the decision to go on my Smith College Junior Year Abroad Program to France. I recall it was the first really big decision my parents let me make on my own. I waited until the last possible minute, said “No” at first and then for some reason, changed my mind and went off to France.

It was one of the best years of my life – for personal growth, travel, my studies. This many years later, it still ranks high on the ‘best years’ list. So I guess we can say that I made the right decision.
 

How Not to Make a Big Decision

Let’s see, how did I make this life changing decision?

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ADHD Awareness

Emotions, ADHD & Decisions

“Decision making is intrinsically linked to our emotions.” ~ Catherine Price, writing for Oprah.com

“For those with ADHD, chronic problems with recognizing and responding to various emotions tend to be a primary factor in their difficulties with managing daily life.” ~ Dr. Thomas Brown, leading expert, psychiatrist, and author in the field of ADHD.
Struggles with managing daily life. That may sound familiar.

Think about it: If you can’t read other people’s expressions and emotions well, how well can conversations at home and work possibly go?

Or what happens when you stuff your emotions, ignoring them for too long? They hijack your day or your mind boils over, feeling as if it is shutting down. And your executive function capabilities are indeed shutting down.

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Decisions take too much energy or take too long.

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