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How to Make Better Decisions with a Priority Framework

Last week we looked at how to simplify your decision making. This week I want to talk briefly about how a priority framework can make decisions easier and better.

So what is a priority framework and how does it help?

A few months ago, I bought 3 pairs of high-end headphones (Audio Technica, Bose Clear and other ones) and tried playing the same song on all of them. They all sounded good. I played the same song for an hour. Definitely got tired of hearing “MMM-bop by Hanson” that many times!!

SHIT. How do I choose?

Steven, AppSumo’s design sumo, taught me how to…

Work backwards from a single priority to make THE decision. (click to tweet)

Steven did this by asking, “Which headphones are the most comfortable?”

Instead of considering ALL of the priorities, I considered just one priority. Steven helped me realize that comfort was priority #1. This made the decision a no-brainer.

It was extremely clear to choose Bose which are awesomely comfortable (and great at noise canceling for airplanes).

Problem, solved.

Most people default to money but it’s hardly ever that. To avoid this default, find priority #2 and reevaluate your options. If it’s moving to a new house/apartment, priority #2 might be your commute, distance from your friends/community, or more space.

Let’s rock.

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105 responses to “How to Make Better Decisions with a Priority Framework”

September 10, 2013 at 8:32 pm

Dilemma: to say something or not say out loud my thoughts:

1) Do I tell Noah that I’m waiting for his next decision-making-themed post, half patiently, half impatiently?

2) I don’t want to seem pushy.

Working this backwards: the priority is “new post please!”

Hence, you know which one was picked 😉

September 7, 2013 at 11:01 am

One of my confusions right now is creatine or l-glutamine?

These are two supplements that help in muscle growth, even though the actions of each one are different.
So, I think I would try them both and see how they act. Based on a monthly log, I’ll decide which one should I continue using.

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