Eeny Meeny Miney Moe

Tuesday, June 16, 2009 at 2:00 am 18 comments

Eeny meeny miney moe

Should we stay or should we go? 

If I list my options will I know…

How to make decisions like a pro?


Decisions.  Decisions.  Decisions. 

How do you make decisions? 

Do you make a list of pro’s and con’s? 

Flip a coin? 

Consult the magic 8 ball?  

What’s your strategy?


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18 Comments Add your own

  • 1. maidinmalaysia  |  Tuesday, June 16, 2009 at 4:17 am

    i put my head under the carpet, and wait for the decision to go away

    • 2. Era  |  Tuesday, June 16, 2009 at 5:23 am

      We really do think alike…

  • 3. richajn  |  Tuesday, June 16, 2009 at 4:26 am

    fret, fret,fret. analyse. analyse some more. wait. re-think. ask for 10 opinions. think and rethink till last minute. and then choose what ‘feels’ right 😉

    • 4. Era  |  Tuesday, June 16, 2009 at 5:25 am

      I’ve got the fret, fret, fret part down pat. Now on to the “what feels right”. 🙂 BTW thanks for coming to my blog. Hope to see you again.

  • 5. Mom Gone Mad  |  Tuesday, June 16, 2009 at 4:58 am

    Hey hon. Thought you had to go. Is there an option?

    pros and cons is normally a good way to go. Or cheese doodles and introspection on the couch.

    Whatever the process, involve the kids though.

    • 6. Era  |  Tuesday, June 16, 2009 at 5:28 am

      Excellent point. The kids are very involved and I think that is helping them cope. This has become quite a convoluted process in that options seem to disappear and reappear. It’s all good, just tough.

  • 7. Nitya  |  Tuesday, June 16, 2009 at 5:05 am

    Aargh. How difficult it is to choose… Sometimes I think the decisions are always obvious, it is our refusal to accept them that makes it all so impossible…
    My strategy is to whine, annoy everyone around, blog about it and then when it is now or never, choose seemingly at random… but it cannot be totally random because i do get things right!
    I am not very pro change so I would choose to stay and hope for the best…
    Good luck Era!

    • 8. Era  |  Tuesday, June 16, 2009 at 5:43 am

      I myself am a firm believer in not fighting inertia. I am also a professional whiner. It’s always great to have options but making the choice can be such a nerve racking experience – mostly from fear of not getting it right. I love the “seemingly at random” part. I guess I’m conflicted. I am a creature of habit but sometimes I get into the rut of the mundane and a good challenge seems appealing. But what if I don’t get it right? Arrrrgh!!!

  • 9. Camille  |  Tuesday, June 16, 2009 at 8:30 am

    I help my *kids* make choices by helping them write a detailed pros/cons list and then discussing each point. Works great, and they always seem to be satisfied by the results.

    *I*, however, make difficult choices by worrying, fretting, gnashing teeth, and rending hair (or is that rending teeth and gnashing hair?), usually while walking in circles. Then I make my excruciating choice. Next I ask my husband and promptly change my decision, since he always makes rational choices (which also always end up being good ones), and I make emotional ones (which frequently end up being lousy ones).


    • 10. Era  |  Tuesday, June 16, 2009 at 10:23 am

      I know what you mean. Having a rational spouse is always helpful. I just remembered one method. tape options to the wall and then play a version of pin the tail on the donkey! May not be particulary successful, but sounds like a good time to be had by all.

  • 11. Sudharsana Srinivasan  |  Tuesday, June 16, 2009 at 9:41 am

    Not sound to like the execs of Corporate America… 😉 but Change is not all bad. Change is a good thing. I think the more we dwell about what we are going to miss the harder it gets to accept the move to a new place. We went through this just about 2 yrs back. The move meant my stopping my dance and music lessons business, so many kids that were learning from me, now found no teachers to continue lessons…. it was heart wrenching. Probably the worst part of the move for me. But now from where I am, looking back, we could not have a better choice. Adi is in one of the best schools in NY, Kmoo gets to be home as I work from home. Siva’s work is now only 30 mins as opposed to the 3 hr drive each day he had earlier.

    I guess, all I am saying is, thing of the good things that will come with the move and take the step forward.

    Good Luck 🙂

    • 12. Era  |  Tuesday, June 16, 2009 at 10:25 am

      Thanks for the encouragement. I’m glad everything worked out so well for you. Hopefully things will work out for us too. 🙂

  • 13. Meluhhan  |  Tuesday, June 16, 2009 at 1:01 pm

    All I can offer you is this. FWIW, it helps me think long term and put things in perspective. Doesn’t make the deciding process much easier, but it takes away some of the stress.

    • 14. Era  |  Tuesday, June 16, 2009 at 6:25 pm

      I like this strategy! Thanks.

  • 15. Doraz  |  Tuesday, June 16, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    “What’s your strategy?”….you ask me~~
    Well, when I have to make a decision , I look at it different ways…depending on what it is I have to decide.
    If I am buying something, selling something, deciding where to go on vacation, deciding who to invite over for dinner….well, you get what I mean, right? Is there a specific decision I can share with you my opinion on?

    • 16. Era  |  Tuesday, June 16, 2009 at 6:31 pm

      Just a general question for now 🙂

  • 17. Tony  |  Thursday, June 18, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    I usually just decide spontaneously & hope it works out, or ask my wife’s advice if it’s an important decision

    • 18. Era  |  Thursday, June 18, 2009 at 6:03 pm

      Spontaneously sounds good. I think too much anyway.


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