Think Smart, Act Smart: How to Make Decisions and Achieve Extraordinary Results

Think Smart, Act Smart: How to Make Decisions and Achieve Extraordinary Results

by Darren Bridger, David Lewis


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Learn to confidently devise effective solutions in any situation with this fantastic guide to getting things done by focusing your mind and honing your decision making skills

Would you like to weigh up a situation and devise a resolution more effectively? Do you want to make decisions confidently and put them into effect with less worry? Would you like to be able to focus exclusively on the issue in hand rather than be distracted by a dozen irrelevant thoughts? Choices we can expect to encounter, from life-changing career moves to the best route to the coast, can expend a lot of time and mental energy if we haven’t learnt the basic skills required for getting things done effectively and decisively.

This book is a basic practical guide to the all-important mental process by which we all live our lives – analyzing a situation, sorting out how to respond to it, and taking action accordingly. We discover how to solve problems and make choices swiftly and satisfactorily, how to reduce mental stress while working under pressure, how to turn bright ideas into positive action. Following the techniques and exercises given here, you’ll soon find you are using your brain more efficiently. Your payback will be in greater confidence and greater peace of mind – which in turn will help your mental processing.
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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781786781772
Publisher: Watkins Media
Publication date: 12/18/2018
Series: Mindzone Series , #4
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 899,133
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

David Lewis and Darren Bridger are psychologists and founders of The Mind Lab, a research and consultancy organization. They previously collaborated on the book Information Overload.

Table of Contents

Introduction 8

1 Focus and Concentration 15

Focusing effectively 16

Maintaining concentration 18

Your focus style 20

When and how to multi-task 24

Setting priorities 26

2 Fresh Perspectives 31

Cultivating creative solutions 32

Brainstorming 34

Visual thinking 35

Tapping into your intuition 38

Creative re-evaluation 40

3 Analyzing Options 45

Convergent and divergent problems 46

Focusing on solutions 51

The limits of control 52

The power of questions 54

Different types of thinking 56

Thought wells … and how to escape them 58

The Baby Elephant effect 62

Changing contexts and passing time 67

4 Making Your Decision 73

Weighing up choices 74

Decision trees 76

Effort and reward 78

Your decision-making style 80

Understanding risk 85

When to flip a coin 89

Group decision-making 92

Competition and game theory 94

Interlude: Lessons from the Past 98

5 Handling Stress and Emotions 103

Discover your true temperament 104

Emotional forecasting 108

The role of self-esteem 110

Conquering worry 113

A state of balance 117

Reducing stress at work 119

Practical NLP techniques 122

6 Taking Action 127

Setting goals 128

Boosting motivation 132

Managing time 134

Scheduling tasks 139

Feelings and actions 142

Ten tips to beat procrastination 143

The 80:20 law 145

Continuous monitoring 147

The action day technique 150

Your new decisive self 152

Further reading 157

Authors' websites 158

Authors' acknowledgments 158

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