One important thing of decision making is to measure the results:
The first, small results which motivate us to go on with what we started and also the maintaining results, which lead us to the long-term improvements. Here´s one typical example we all know and discuss: the personal weight loss GOAL.
The goal of weight loss forces us to change the daily habits (3 – 5 times per day) everyday, 24/7 and the scale shows us every morning how much we´ve lost in the past 24 hours. After first results, the jeans, pants or skirt will also show the result – when it looks too big on us!
Ever been through it?
The method to control a result is the daily weighing, on the early morning. It forces us to act disciplined just to get results. It´s an easy medium for controlling our effort.
BUT how do you measure other results after taking a decision?
Let me list a few more ideas for you:
- EMOTIONAL REACTION:
many decisions will influence the way we feel, emotionally. To control your level of how you daily feel (good – bad) you can hang-up a board with 4 sectors, like PARETO did. Think about those 2 different possibilities for running your control board:WITH COLOURS:
choose 4 colours you like and rank them by how you feel when you look at them. Then put them in a PARETO diagramm. It could be YELLOW for feeling GREAT, apple GREEN for being HAPPY, BLUE for “so so” days and maybe GREY when it´s just aweful….
To check how you feel every day (or every week) you may stick or paste a marker into each coloured field. Do it for at least 2 weeks or a month, and of course: for longer! Then check where you placed the most makers: which colour won? If it´s GREY then you need to change something – quickly! Either slow down what you started to change or go into a different direction. Be honest! This is most important for a positive result – if you count many markers in the GREEN or YELLOW fields, than just: GO! GO! GO! Keep it up!
you can also put smilies down for every day you managed with this change, for example in a calendar and then check the calendar after a month! Results could be a certain day which permanently shows the smily, and those days or weeks which show unhappy and not smiling smilies/faces. Figure out how many smilies you gave yourself and your mood per month (count!) and see how to change this for a better. If you count many smilies per week, just: GO! GO!GO!
- BY BUDGET
the rational alternative is to control your budget!
Whatever you change in your daily life will effect your budget. Therefore adjust your payments: if it´s the decision to lose weight, you will buy different food than you did in the past. If you need more money now – as an example – you have to cut the budget in another area of your life-style to balance your budget. This is called controlling your tradeoffs!It could also be a positive reaction you´ll face: if you plan to eat half of what you ate in the past to lose weight rather quickly, your budget for buying food will decrease per month (TIP: don´t forget to buy & drink more water than before, to simply not starve during the day!). As a result, your budget will offer some extra bucks for another life-style area, your kids or for some rewards!
One thing causes another thing and you need to obey to not spend more than you actually carry in your wallet or on your bank account.
If there´s more left to spend now, you may think about a savings account, for a while. Make it a fun part – choose what to let go off for getting more on the other side: think about what to cut short to buy healthier food instead? Abandonment comes into play but it pays off for the better, long-termly. Measure it! Maybe in the end you gain an extra vacation trip?!
I hope this helps you getting along with your decision results! Thanks for posting your comments down below –
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rita jaskolla – Leadership Architect –