How to Make a Decision – almost any decision

Here is a great, relatively simple tool or strategy that can really help you in any decision.

The name will make it sound much more technical and ‘cold’ or mathematical than it really is. It is really quite simple a child can, and does, use it. I’ve used it when considering a new job, buying a house, growing a business, etc.

      Alternatives or Options or Choices  
  Weight Rating Score Rating Score Rating Score
Criteria 1 1 3 3 3 3 3 3
Criteria 2 2 2 4 1 2 2 4
Criteria 3 3 1 3 3 9 2 6
TOTAL 6 6 10 7 14 7 13
      The Score columns= Rating X Weight  

the linear model – it sounds geeky but actually is not that technical.

List the criteria for a job – satisfaction, future growth, salary, benefits, distance, etc. whatever.
Then rate them in some order.
Let’s say growth in your career is the most important, salary is a next, then benefits, etc.
Then make a basic matrix and rate each job side by side in columns.

Multiply the weight by the rating to get the score.
Then add them up and you can get a decision that is less based on the anxiety and stress we all have with the “big picture” of decisions. OPTION B above has the highest score and should be your decision.
It is a way to use subjective and objective criteria with math to avoid emotional influence and avoid how one’s judgement can be clouded by emotions like fear.

Look at the above graph to make it simple

The below is also an article if you want more but the graph is enough.LinearModel

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