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Productivity Cast

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Indecision’s Last Stand: How to Make Great Decisions

Indecision can be one of the powerful productivity inhibitors. It can be a powerful force against projects and actions that can help move your professional and/or personal life forward. We wanted this episode to help you make great decisions and provide you with strategies and techniques to combat indecision.

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In this Cast | Indecision's Last Stand

Ray Sidney-Smith

Augusto Pinaud

Art Gelwicks

Show Notes | Indecision's Last Stand: How to Make Great Decisions

Resources we mention, including links to them, will be provided here. Please listen to the episode for context.

Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman, PhD

Systems 1 and 2 thinking processes and cognitive reflection testing in medical students

Six Thinking Hats by Edward de Bono, MD, PhD

We discussed Six Thinking Hats methodology more in Episode 053, Optimism Versus Pessimism.

Robust decisions

Uncertainty decision model

Pugh decision matrix

Sample Pugh decision matrix template (Google Sheets workbook)

(Note: Once you open the link above in your Web browser, use File > Download, or File > Make a Copy... to use this Google Sheets workbook as a template for your own decision-making.)

SWOT Analysis

Ego depletion (as explained in Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength by Roy F. Baumeister, PhD, and John Tierney)

Raw Text Transcript | Indecision's Last Stand

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Raymond Sidney-Smith 0:00
Hey there, productivity cast listeners. Before we jump into this week's episode, I wanted to make a small apology and a big announcement. First, you'll notice the delay in getting this week's episode out. Sorry about that. The reason why you'll notice as soon as the episode starts, the audio quality for my track is a bit wonky. I was on a cloud environment because of work travel, and had to record that way hoping the audio was usable. After a lot of internal debate. The audio is not ideal, but it's palatable. We always strive to give you as clean audio when we can as record across thousands of miles between us and time zones. So hopefully the content and audio over listening through this episode will be back to a quiet recording environment with next week's episode. Next, the big news. As some of you may know from being in my GTD meetups in Washington, DC in New York City, I'm hosting a live remote conference productivity summit on October 4, and fifth 2019. To learn more and register visit productivity This is an idea I had about five years ago to bring together all the personal productivity experts and community I've met along my own personal productivity journey over these many years. Today, we have the technology to do that without having to travel but to our nearest desktop laptop, or mobile device, which you've already done if you're listening to me right now. So a few details about productivity summit, it will have four tracks track one is productivity, how to be more productive, using principles, strategies and techniques, track to his technology, what and how to use specific technologies to get things done. Track three is all about organization how to get your home or office more organized, and dealing with clutter and disorganization.

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