“Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
A friend shared a simple technique for decision making and prioritizing choices.
It’s 10-10-10, by Suzy Welch.
You basically test your decisions against time frames to make better decisions.
You can use it to improve decision making for work, life, business, love or anything really.
By testing your decisions against different time frames, you expose your needs, fears, desires, and unconscious agendas. This can help you identify and live to your deepest goals and values.
How To Use 10-10-10 for Decision Making
To use 10-10-10 for decision making, you can simply ask yourself 3 questions:
- Question 1. What are the consequences of my decision in 10 minutes?
- Question 2. What are the consequences of my decision in 10 months?
- Question 3. What are the consequences of my decision in 10 years?
It’s that simple. Asking these questions helps you quickly assess how relevant or important something is from a time standpoint.
And time often changes what’s important, or how important it is.
Decision Making with 10-10-10 to Evaluate the Impact on the Future
What I like about the approach is its simple and question driven. What I also like about the technique is that it’s an effective way to practice temporal skills.
As a project leader, I have to constantly evaluate my decisions against the future impact. In fact, I would say that leading projects has forced me to develop my anticipation and temporal skills.
When you’re in it for the long-haul, you stop taking short cuts and you go for sustainable results, which means living your values, playing to your strengths, following your passions, and weighting the impact of choices over time.