Make Decisions the Easy Way

Pointy-haired managers also manage by spreadsheet!

Check the Chart Below

This Hub describes how to use a chart to make an important decision - so, as noted above, check the chart at the end of the article.

In short, it illustrates how to spread out the various Pros and Cons on a piece of paper to assist an unorganized brain (mine, for example) in seeing the wise areas in a decision (many people do this in their heads without thinking about it).

In this instance, the decision involves a job move with attached relocation in a bad economy:

  • Job specifics are listed in the left column.
  • Pros (positive stuff) are listed down the middle.
  • Cons (negative stuff) are listed on the right.

This chart is based on an actual decision I made - when I was tied down by day jobs - and lists six possible choices - with some of the jobs requiring a commute and/or physical relocation of my residence.

As you can see, if you read through every word in the chart, stuff like this has lifelong implications - and yet with this method, the right decision tends to jump out at you.

More stuff about the best choice (job) in the chart:

  • You're in a situation in which you must decide whether it is wise to take a job in another state.
  • The move will give you a much deserved promotion and needed pay raise - but you will be leaving a company you have been with for over 10 years.
  • The writing on your company wall states that your days may be numbered at this particular company - there are rumors of forthcoming lay offs - even though you are a motivated and innovative employee who adds much value to your department.

Family or spouse separation is the key element as you make your decision.

More-more stuff about the chart:

This method can be used to make decisions about anything. I use charts such as these to make decisions on contract writing positions and for travel planning (to ensure everyone gets their immunizations before going on a trip, for example) - and have used one in the past for employee management - to assist in pointing out who is performing what particular duty.

The Chart - The Obvious Choice is in BOLD at the Top

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cwarden 5 years ago from USA

This is a great chart. Appreciate the example - Thanks!

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sean kinn 5 years ago from Key West and Budapest Author

Yes, Ma'am. I think lists are the key to success in many areas in life. Thanks for the comment.

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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Good advice! I'm not really looking to move but I am a list maker:)!

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