How to make a difficult decision.

I’ve got a foolproof way to make a difficult decision.

The results it gets are phenomenal. I’ve never known it be wrong.

I’ve just used it myself, and, once again, it’s given me accurate answers.

The method is simple:

1) Focus on the question. Phrase it in such a way that it has a binary outcome: YES or NO. Give the question your full attention for at least 30 seconds. This question is important. The answer you seek is important. Make sure your mind is fully prepared for what it is about to experience.

2) Toss a coin – Heads is YES, Tails is NO.

3) Look at the coin. The coin is telling you YES or NO.

4) Feel your stomach. Your stomach is telling you whether the coin is right or wrong. And, right there, you have your answer.

You see what I mean? 100% Accuracy – every time.

Or do you have a better method?

Hey foxy

No, not another unpleasant DM from some creep on LinkedIn.

But an actual fox. Sat in the moonlight in the back garden.

“Nice to see you. Again”. Dani thought to herself, a hint of bitterness at the “again”.

Because she had to be up in five hours for a meeting with that potential new client. Not the best project in the world, and certainly not well paid, but any port in a storm.

And she had at least an hour to go to finish this bit of work too.

But if she could get it done tonight, hopefully before 3am, she could send it for approval and invoice the client before the end of the week.

What’s the date? The 17th? So they may even pay before the 29th (thank goodness for leap years) and she wouldn’t have to borrow off her mum again.

The fans spun up on her laptop as she returned to VSCode. They sounded very loud in the night air.

Keeping your clients happy

So you’ve realised that you don’t need more time, you actually have too much to do.

You’ve used the simple rule of thumb – what will get me the most cash in the least amount of time – to sort your task list.

You’ve eliminated the tasks that really aren’t worth doing.

And now you need to tell your clients that some of the stuff that they’re shouting for is going to be late.

This sounds really daunting. Like it’s going to be horrible.

But actually, most people might get slightly sniffy about it, but they won’t mind.

It’s more important that you are up front with them and let them know.

And then, once you’ve let them know, you give them regular updates.

The regular updates are vital. At least once per fortnight, preferably once per week.

Because what you’re doing there is building up a rhythm.

Your clients will start to expect a progress update from you.

This is an amazing thing.

Because once they realise that you’re going to keep them in the loop, they’ll stop bothering you.

No more angry emails. No more phone calls at the worst possible moment.

Not only will you have cleared your task list of the unimportant stuff, but those clients will also start giving you the space to actually complete the important tasks as well.

Now that’s a win-win