Indecision can be a business killer, part 1

So, I was reading this really great article on the Trello blog about- (ominous music) DA-DA-DAAA…indecision. Indecision can be a business killer. But the article talks about five best selling books that lay out different decision making techniques to help you on your way. You don’t want to remain stuck in the Doldrums, do you? (That’s a reference to The Phantom Tollbooth, which contains a great lesson in time management.)

I’ll discuss each book and technique individually.

First, Algorithms to Live By: The Computer Science of Human Decisions. Brian Christian and Tom Griffiths say the best way to make a decision is to use math, and that the magic number is 37%.

Mathematical calculations show that you should take 37% of the total options you have, and simply look at them. After that, you should leap, and commit to the first option that is better (

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A superb time management lesson is included in a children’s book. Have you read it?

So, I absolutely ADORE The Phantom Tollbooth. The book was written by Norton Juster, and published in 1961. One of the best children’s books ever written, in my opinion.

It tells the story of a boy named Milo, who is very bored. One afternoon, he unexpectedly receives a magic tollbooth and, having nothing better to do, drives through it in his toy car. He’s instantly transported to the Kingdom of Wisdom, which was once prosperous but is now troubled. There, he makes two friends and sets out on an adventure to restore its exiles princesses, Rhyme and Reason, from the Castle in the Air. Through his adventure, Milo learns valuable lessons and finds a love of learning. The text is full of puns and wordplay, such as when Milo unintentionally jumps to Conclusions, an island in Wisdom, thereby exploring the literal meanings of idioms.

In Chapter Two, Milo is …

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