How to make better decisions, tip #1/3

Decisive: How to make better choices in life and work

Explore how to make better decisions using the tools and principles shared in Dan and Chip Heath’s book Decisive.  This is the first of three installments, where I share tip #1: role playing, in three acts. Enjoy! Number one tool to make decisions? Prepare the role.  But not the kind you might think. Syba, or, Nana Dogishva But first, a little disclosure preamble about my horrible decision-making tactics Bossy, yes. I’ll be bossy in a second. But when it comes to strategic decisions? I’m a wishy-washy mess. I knew there was an unrepairable defect in my construction. This defect, though … Keep goin’

Ingredient #4: Stream and the un-career

When I was 10, I wanted to be a news anchorwoman.  There was no question about it. I still remember deciding this one night, while my brother and I stayed the night with Dad at that hotel in Hayward, California, when they put my doll Mary “on TV” (family joke) and we watched old Westerns. (Later I realized my decision was, in part, due to my family’s obsession with the nightly news: they were {gasp} our heroes. I’m looking at you, Jean Enersen,  Jeff Renner, Jane Pauley, and Bryant Gumbel.) Except for how I also wanted to be a writer … Keep goin’

Ingredient 3: Make art happen

One time in Greece, we were sitting in the back patio of my aunt’s home, playing guitar, singing, and talking. (Standard evenings in Greece. Don’t hate!) One of my favorite Greek uncles watched then said, “I wish I had of made a hobby,” when watching my husband Rob play guitar (after saying “Why are your songs so depressing?”). You need a hobby. Besides the point that it’s too late to develop a hobby only when your life ends (unless there really is an afterlife), he’s right. In addition to you stream of income, it’s mighty satisfying and minute-passing to cultivate … Keep goin’

Ingredient #2: Activism

You, you, you. You! Or me? In the past few years, I’ve noticed something about New Year’s resolutions.  They are usually focused in one direction, and one direction only: self-improvement. While there’s nothing wrong with shedding some cookie-induced superfluous poundage, or vowing to work less and live more, it seems odd that, supplementing this, there are very few resolutions outside of the self. What about helping someone else? Too freaking vague, perhaps.  Or maybe you don’t know what you care about yet.  In any case, it’s high time to figure it out. According to both the “Blue Zone” study, which … Keep goin’