We face a lot of decisions in life, and putting a framework around them can be helpful. Some decisions need to be carefully thought through, where other decisions only require a moment’s thought. It’s like Chidi’s constant indecision in the show “The Good Place”:
An episode of “The Long and The Short Of It” podcast tackled this, and Jen Waldman gave an excellent viewpoint to consider: is the decision a “one-way door”, where you really can’t turn back, or is this a “two-way door” that can be undone or redone later? Here are her words:
That a two-way door decision, meaning you can go through the door and you can also go out of the door, you’re not stuck in the room…go fast. Go in, look around, and either stay or go out. With a one-way door decision, take a breath, take a pause, do the research, slow down, and walk in. Because once you walk in, you’re there.
Some decisions require more of your thought, and framing them in the one-way vs two-way door can be a helpful exercise.
At the end of the day, you could make the right decision and still face a poor outcome, but that’s how things go sometimes. Just base your level of effort on decision-making based on how much it will impact you, and then do the best you can.