How to Make Hard, Complicated Decisions

Apply this tool to your tough decisions in life.

If you have a list of three or four items and you want to know how they rank in importance, it’s generally pretty easy. Most likely, you do it just by eyeballing the list. But if your list contains five or more items, it’s probably not so easy, and the more items you have, the more complicated it gets.

For this reason, Richard Bolles, author of the perennial career bestseller What Color Is Your Parachute? created a tool called THE PRIORITIZING GRID to help work-searchers form “a picture of the job of [their] dreams.” Ranking personal preferences related to work, interests, environments, and values helps them to focus their energy and keeps them from spinning in circles.

via Prioritizing Grid – Beverly Ryle.

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