Should I date him (or her)?

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Who should I date? Maybe you’re one of the beautiful people who gets to pretty much decide who they should date or maybe you’re not! Whoever you are, we all get to enjoy/hate dating at one time or another. Sometimes it can be fun fantasizing about who to date with mates and this is where our dating weighted decision matrix comes in.

Line up the contenders be they classmates, people at work or down the pub or even celebrities and get marking them! Who is the hottest? Who’s got the best personality? Do they actually take an interest in you, what you like, have interesting hobbies and ways of going about things? Do they like you already because let’s face it that’s going to help with the chemistry and whether or not it lasts your date should be a good one with a few laughs at the very least. Maybe you’re sensitive like us? That’s why we decided to mark potential dates on their kindness but not everyone needs that so we also added a, “Do they have a car/are they rich” type of question! If you’re shallow that might be the one for you!

Should I date him decision matrix

Have a bit of fun using a weighted decision matrix template and if you do go out with someone from your list, enjoy it and make sure you tell someone where you’re going.

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Top 5 Tips To Improve Your Decision Making

Improve Decision Making

Well worth reading this guest blog before you use our weighted decision matrix.

Today there is so much competition around us. Moreover, if you are slow in making decisions then it is possible that you can miss many opportunities in life. Taking fast decisions is not just for those who are in business or leadership, it is important for everybody.

Here are the 5 effective tips which will help you in becoming a quick decision maker.

1. Give Yourself Permission
Every time you will make a decision you will see that a result or outcome will follow it. The results can be expected or unexpected ones and after which you will think it was either wrong or right. Therefore, the first tip is to say it’s okay to make mistakes! When you make mistakes, you will learn more. Don’t forget that success and failure, profit and loss are part and parcel of life. You don’t have to fear from your mistakes but try to learn from it.

2. Focus on the Bull’s Eye
When it comes to taking a discussion, we are surrounded by the details. One thought follows another and the train goes on and on. In this situation, we forget that we have to take a decision. To avoid this you should always make your focus stay on the big picture. Ask yourself questions but don’t get lost. What is important about this decision? Ask yourself how it is going to help you in getting to your goals and objectives.

3. Gather Information
Many people take decisions from an informed position and place. To achieve this they must analyse as much information from as many different places as they can to help them reach a decision. Each time you have to take a decision, weigh up all this information using a decision matrix and you will be making a knowledgeable decision.

4. Recognition
This is one of the most common problems which the majority of the people face in life when it comes to making decisions. They think that decisions are or will not be liked by others. That their decisions will make them unhappy or their decisions will be unpopular. Nevertheless, to become an effective decision maker you will have to feel positive about your own decisions. Always think that others will support it. If not possible, try to be neutral as there will always be people who disagree with your decision just as there will be people who will support you. That’s life!

5. Stay Focused
Focus on the results and measure them to improve your decision making the next time around. To improve your decision-making you have to focus on the results.

These are the five tips, which will help you to enhance your skills in making decisions.

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If you’d like to apply these tips to a decision you’re facing, download a weighted decision matrix template on excel.

How to use a Weighted Decision Matrix?

Firstly, create or download our weighted decision matrix template on excel. Write down the decision you need to make in the form of a question which will have several possible answers. It could be something simple or more fundamental, it really doesn’t matter, the decision matrix will cope with either scenario. We like to use it for big family decisions such as where to go on holiday or what sort of car should we get next. You can all look at the screen, decide on the factors involved and then debate the scores and when you do that all angles are covered.

How to use a Weighted Decision Matrix?

1. Choose the question to answer, double click on the “Type your question here” cell and type it in.

2. Next you need to decide on the factors involved in the decision you are making. When considering the question think Who, When, Why, What and How to prompt you to think of everything you need to. Look at our example below to get you started.

3. Now you need to weight the factors you settled on in the second step. It’s easiest to do this by giving the most important factor a value of 5 and the least important a value of 1. It’s important to do this but if you really can’t decide on the order it is okay to give two factors a weighting that is the same. We don’t recommend it as you are less likely to get a clear result but hey, that’s up to you. In the same way, you could give the most important factor an even higher value if it is that important. Every factor involved needs to be weighted to reflect its relative importance.

4. List all of your possible options on the options row next, any order you like. This is probably a shortlist of options you are already decided on. Discard anything completely unrealistic to save yourself some time. Do you really want to fly all the way to Australia with three children under six?

5. The final step is to score all of your options out of 5 or 10 or even a hundred against all of the different factors. So option ‘A’ may score a 5 for the first factor but only a 1 for the second but both could end up with the same weighted score depending on how you set up the weightings in step 3. Confused? Just have a go and it will all become clear.

If you’re using one of our templates then the highest score will be highlighted to make it obvious what the winning decision is.

Example of a Weighted Decision Matrix

If you prefer, we also have a video guide to how to use a weighted decision matrix. You may want to read our ultimate guide to the weighted decision matrix first. If you get really stuck you can tweet us or ask a question on Facebook as well. Have fun!

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