How to Make Decisions When the Results Are Not Important
Have you ever been asked to make a choice when you didn't really care about which way your
decision led? This happens all the time. Maybe you are asked to make a workplace decision. Your choice is
inconsequential since the result is not going to have any real impact on anyone, and you could care less which
decision you make.
What Happens in That Situation?
Almost every time, you reach a decision in your mind rather quickly. You are not afraid of
failure. You don't really care if the outcome leads one way or another. Since the decision is of little consequence
a failure is barely that, and a success is also minimally measured. You were able to make a quick decision and move
on with your life, probably forgetting rather quickly that you were the one that had to choose.
What Happened There?
You were able to make a decisive choice because you had no emotional investment. Although we
should not usually choose with our emotions, we do so all the time. If you were given a choice at work which
negatively affected a dozen coworkers, but it virtually guaranteed you more pay for less work, more benefits and an
earlier retirement, we all know what decision you would make.
You cared deeply about the results of that choice. What happens when you don't really care what
happens? Should you just flip a coin, make a decision and move on? If you look at the situation objectively, as you
should probably do with most decisions, you would see that making a random choice is probably not the best
Even If You Don't Care about the Results of a Decision, Other People May
Just because you have a lack of interest when asked to make a choice, it doesn't mean it won't
affect people in a serious way. That is why you should always turn to all relevant, available information when
asked to make a decision regarding an outcome you don't care a flip about.
This way you let logic and reason dictate your decision-making process.
This is also a smart move if your decision comes back to haunt you. If you make a choice which
winds up negatively affecting a lot of people, you may have to make an explanation. When you can outline every step
of your decision-making process because you had overwhelming evidence that it was the right choice to make, you
limit the amount of backlash you receive for your decision delivering a negative outcome.
If you find yourself caring little about a particular decision, you may want to find out if there
is someone else who is in a better position to make a choice than you are. It could be that someone else has more
information on this topic than you, and they would be the perfect candidate to choose in your place.