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Chapter 11. Decision-Making The Root of ... > Why Decisions Are So Hard to Make - Pg. 109

Decision-Making The Root of All Action 109 I Just Can't Decide When you put off making a decision, you put your life on hold. You miss out on opportunities, have to settle for second best, and disappoint yourself, as well as the people you care about or work with. As with getting organized, decision-making is related to procrastination in two ways: 1. Decision-making may be the thing you procrastinate about. You delay making decisions that are difficult, take time, or have a lot riding on them. You might not put off cleaning the oven, making your annual dental checkup, or going to the gym, but when it comes to making a decision, you're a major procrastinator. You wait until the very last minute to commit yourself to one direction or another. Delayed decision-making may lead to procrastination in other areas of your life. Decision- making is at the root of all action, so the things you put off doing might get put off because you can't decide when, how, or where to do them. 2. Whether the decision is a major life choice or merely a choice of what to do in the course of your workday or what to have for dinner, decision-making is often one of the biggest sources of frustration and confusion for procrastinators. Quicksand!