Use Luck to Stop Wasting Time on Meaningless Decisions

Focus on what matters

Danny Forest

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I don’t know if you’re like me but I really, I mean REALLY, value my time. I don’t want to waste a single minute on decisions that won’t change my life in any meaningful way.

So here’s how I came up with a solution I’ve used for years to make meaningless decision:

About 10–12 years ago, I was trying to find a good place for dinner for a special occasion. I’m sure everyone has been through that. So after some research, I narrowed it down to two awesome options I could choose from.

But how to choose between them? They were both great, but what if one was greater? I could start listing the pros and cons of each options; or check the places in person to see which one had a better feel. Or read ALL the reviews online for each of them. But all of that is time consuming!

I opted for a solution that changed my life forever! It’s so simple yet I’ve never seen anyone else do it:

Just Flip A Coin!

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There are times when you can’t make a decision. In your mind, both are great options. Around 50/50. So why debate in your mind, or with someone else?

Flip a coin!

Pasta or Burrito for tonight?

Flip a coin!

Should I buy this or not?

Flip a coin!

Mexico or Argentina?

Flip a damn coin!

Well, you get the point. However, there are very important things to note on this approach:

Limit yourself to using it on things that are meaningless.

I like to joke that I flipped a coin to decide to marry my wife or buy our condo in Montreal, but yeah, no, it wasn’t so. Some decisions really should be thought about!

Do it when you think both choices are very close to equal.

Things that, no matter the outcome, you would consider to be a good choice.

So Now You’ve Flipped The…

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Danny Forest

Polymath. Life Optimizer. Learner. Entrepreneur. Engineer. Writer.