Trust your gut: How instinct can lead to faster and better decisions

When it comes to decision-making, knowledge is power. But what about knowledge that comes from an unconventional source? That pit in your stomach each time you meet with a potential business partner. The frisson of excitement that accompanies a sudden insight into a design problem. These gut reactions can convey valuable information about potential choices—in a fraction of the time it takes to consciously analyze your options.

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How to say no at work

A shadow crosses your desk. It’s your supervisor, asking if you can squeeze in another “little project.” Your stomach drops as you picture your calendar, already packed with pressing assignments. Adding more will mean sacrificing quality—not to mention sanity. You take a deep breath and face your boss: “Sure, no problem.”

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Don’t overthink it: Use these 3 tips to get out of analysis paralysis

“When you come to the fork in the road, take it,” as the saying goes. If only decision-making were so simple. Instead, we spend countless hours comparing options, evaluating information, and sweating choices large and small. Eventually, we lose our perspective and our momentum. We come to the fork in the road and stand there, frozen by indecision.

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You should focus on work that matters: The Eisenhower matrix is how

Dwight D. Eisenhower made plenty of tough decisions in his career. As a two-term US president, a five-star World War II general, and the first Supreme Commander of NATO, Ike spent his days prioritizing ruthlessly and acting quickly. The secret behind his cut-to-the-chase efficiency? The Eisenhower matrix, a system that prioritized problems according to two key factors: importance and urgency.

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