Wednesday, March 29, 2017

HALT, and make better decisions

Learning to make good decisions.
You've just decided to read this sentence -- on of about 35,000 decisions you'll make today -- from choosing an outfit to deciding which seat to take at a meeting. In fact, we make 200 judgments each day about food alone.

These factoids come from an article in Quartz, which also alleges that:
It’s well documented that humans have a limited reserve of daily energy that’s dependent on adequate rest and sustenance. As these reservoirs are depleted, our ability to make sound judgments can deteriorate—whether that means buying on impulse, skipping the gym, or overreacting to a mild annoyance.
I have no reason to doubt that, nor do I question that how we feel affects our decisions.
Hungry judges rule differently. One study found that judges’ percentage of favorable rulings was highest in the mornings, steadily declining as the day went on. Why? As the day wore on, judges got decision fatigue and needed a break to refuel. After taking a lunch break, the likelihood of a favorable ruling jumped back up again, only to fall again by the end of the day.
I just hope that when my murder trial comes up, it's early in the day.

Melody Wilding, who decided to write this article, at some point after deciding to attend Columbia University, deciding to become a licensed social worker and deciding to teach human behavior at The City University of New York, has also decided that we can evaluate our condition for making decisions.

She suggests using the acronym HALT. Hungry Angry Lonely Tired. If you are experiencing any of these your decisions will be lousy. So take a break. Cut yourself some slack. Get something to eat. I suggest chocolate cake. Hang out with people eating chocolate cake. Eat some chocolate cake and take a nap. I'm beginning to like this.

No comments:

Post a Comment