As a senior graduating in May, I have been faced with a ton of decisions like: where do I want to live? What company do I want to work for? What career do I want to do? Do I live at home for a year? etc. These are probably some of the biggest decisions I have made and will be making in my life so far. I have slowly been making progress on making these decisions and I want to share some of the advice to all of you.1. Lists!
In any decision, it is important to fully understand what you want out of the situation. The “I” list is a chart where you list bullet points of everything that you want out of the situation. It is important that you fill this list with your wants and needs and no one else’s. This way, you can stay true to your own desires. A good tip to for this is to physically write this list down. This will help you better understand what you truly want. The good ol Pros and Cons list is also a great tool to use! Writing down the Pros and Cons of each situation can be a very effective tool!
Friends and Family are the best people to talk to when it comes to making decisions. These are the people that know you the best and will always have good advice….Even if the advice is harsh(which is not a bad thing). It is something that is definitely worth to consider! They are also the first ones to tell you if they do not agree with something. Also, there also is something about how many times you explain the scenario to a person. Sometimes you can catch yourself almost leaning one way. So do not be afraid to talk to a lot of your friends and family.
3. Time away
Make sure you give yourself some decrement time. It is really important to let yourself think through decisions. I know a lot of people find power in prayer or in meditation. These are both great practices that involve you stepping away from everything just for a while and to really focus on what you want. Taking walks, cleaning and even just sitting outside can offer great time to think. If you are like me and have a hard time sitting still, doing something as simple as taking walks or cleaning can really help.
~The future starts today, not tomorrow~