How To Make a Smart Decision When You Don’t Know What To Do

How To Make a Smart Decision When You Don’t Know What To Do

“To be or not to be: that is the question”. With this quote, we realise even William Shakespeare had problems making a decision!  

Does this sound familiar? Are you is a situation where you don’t know what to do?

I have good news for you! This post will give you the step by step process to smart decision-making.

You will also find a worksheet designed to help you solve your conundrums once and for all.

So, feel free to print as many copies to keep! Now, with no further delay…

A smart girl's guide to making decisions

Let’s Make Some Decisions! Shall We? 

No matter if the issue at hand is small or big, not knowing what decision to make can leave you feeling confused, stressed and even scared.

I find that when I have a system in place for difficult situations, I tend to be more productive, assertive and my life flows easier and better.

So here is the system I use every time I find myself in a situation where I need to choose one course of action when many options are available.

To go with this system, I created for you a  SMART DECISIONS WORKSHEET  to help you along the way.

Step 1: Centre yourself

Before you start, find your centre.

Take a deep breath and read the quote I included in your worksheet out loud as if it was an affirmation.

Remember what Marie Forleo always says “everything is figureoutable” 

Step 2: Define your conundrum

Write down what the problem is and why this is making you anxious.

Take time to analyse what are you afraid of and which parties will be affected by your decision.

Step 3: The good old Pros and Cons list 

This tool doesn’t get old. You need to make sure you are being objective about your situation.

Making this list will help you clear your mind and be rational about your issue.

Try not to just focus on which list is longer. Pay special attention to each item in each column and how important they are.

Step 4: Kickstart your intuition and consult your “Gut”

Making rational decisions is extremely important. But in my opinion, the most important thing to do is to listen to yourself and the wisdom you have within.

We all have an internal GPS that guide us.

When we listen to our gut, we don’t only make smart decisions. We make right, empowered decisions that feel good and will leave you certain no matter what the outcome is.

Write down what your gut is telling you about your situation.

Step 5: Walk away and let it simmer

Now that you’ve completed your worksheet. Stand up, walk away, sleep on it and come back to your worksheet later.

When it’s time to review your worksheet, see how you feel and check if you have anything else to add.

Trust yourself and know you are doing the best you can.

Make your decision and be at peace with it. Good luck! You’ve got this 😉



Making Smart Decisions Worksheet

Voilà! Now you have a decision-making process you can refer to each time you need it.

I hope you find this helpful. Thank you so much for reading, please don’t forget to share this with someone who may need it.

What do you do to trust and believe in yourself more? I’m curious to know 🙂  

Love, Ailyn

Ailyn Martinez
Creator of, an online source aimed to help readers design and create powerful brands, profitable businesses and fulfilling lives. Ailyn specialises in personal development, branding, marketing and content creation. Ailyn is also an avid reader, shoe hoarder and handbag lover who is obsessed with making things beautiful. During her time off you can find her looking for images of llamas, alpacas, knitwear and home decor on Pinterest, watching YouTube tutorials or playing with her cat named Teddy.