OK, unlike myself not everyone created
the decidometer so I suppose an explanation of its
usage might help. It's really quite simple once you
understand what it does. This explanation is probably
more in-depth than it needs to be, so don't be intimated
by it. If this seems confusing you may be the type
who would intuitively pick it up without reading directions.
If you think you get the gist, you can skip right to
Step 1, Step
2 or Step 3.
Understanding the following is key to its usage. You
ALREADY make decisions based on options and properties
along with gut feelings in some uncertain balance. Step
1 is creating all of the options and properties that
affect the decision you currently face. What we mean
by options and properties is...
Options: What you are deciding between.
If you are deciding on where to take a vacation (we'll
use that as an example) your options could be the different
destinations. Those options might be Relaxing at the
shore, Hiking in the mountains, Golf vacation, Fishing
vacation, Casino, etc. which would give you 5 options.
Properties: the traits on which you
are judging the different options. One property may be,
close proximity, meaning less travel and more vacation
time is good (in this example at least). Other properties
could be: getting away from society, fine living, excitement,
photo opportunities, meet people, etc.
It may already be clear that each of those options would
suit different properties better or worse. While a mountain
hiking trip may feature a lot of getting away from society,
it won't do as well for fine living. Inversely a casino
vacation may have lots of fine living but photo opportunities
will probably not be as strong. This is where the decidometer
Step 1. Has three
details we'll label part A, B & C. Detail A. Once you
know the decision you need to make, you list all of the
known options (you can add more later if you wish) and Detail
B. all of the properties which would be desirable
for this decision. Those are parts A & B of Step
1. In step 1 Detail C you determine
of the properties which ones are more important to you
and which are less important. Maybe getting away from
society is very important to you while on vacation and
maybe fine living doesn't do much for you. Maybe you
need to use the matrix with a partner to balance this
part of the process. Evaluate the properties as which
one is 1st most important, second most important and
so forth. If Photo Opportunities is the most important
factor to you, it should be given number "1",
and if excitement is next most important make that #2.
If two properties are of equal importance, you can give
them both the same value.
Step 2. Let's you
assign values then to indicate how each option, suits
a specific property. So each option has a set of menu's
next to it where you indicate how well or not that
option suits the related property. So if you tend are
evaluating your property of "meeting people" you may determine that
you'd meet more people in a casino than on a fishing
vacation. So for 'Meeting People" the Casino may
be #1, while the fishing trip may be # 4 or 7 depending
on how you feel and how many properties you're balancing.
Indicate how well then each of your options addresses
each of your properties and you're almost done.
Step 3. is as simple
as clicking the "And
the Decision is..." button. Clicking
this button will create a matrix and will evaluate,
based on your input, which option is your logical
choice and wether by a small or large margin. So
now you're either completely confused, ready to go decide or
want some tips on using the decidometer or
making decisions. It's up
to you, after all, it's your