The answer is obvious, you say? Stick with me here. I wanted to buy a coffee maker that would make one fresh cup at a time, fully automatic and self-cleaning. The obvious choice is the popular Keurig machine, which Amazon is selling for $126.50. Insert a K-cup, push the button and that’s it. The extravagant … Continue reading Which costs less the $130 or the $1700 coffee maker?
Last Monday I happened to drive by the local Best Buy and saw tents set up outside, the beginning of the line for Black Friday. I’m sorry I didn’t stop to talk to the people. I’m interested in how people make decisions, of course, and I wondered how they had decided to spend four days … Continue reading Black Friday
When I was young, I thought that when I finally got a job and made some money I could get what I wanted. Now I have a job and some money—not a lot of money, but enough to buy things I never expected to have, like a house and a new car. I should be … Continue reading Why can’t I have it all?
My daughter just commandeered my house and yard for a bridal shower for a good friend. I can remember a time (Now, doesn’t that make me sound old!) when a bridal shower was simply held in somebody’s apartment. Everybody sat around on mismatched folding chairs with plates balanced on their laps and had cake and … Continue reading The runaway bridal shower
"Aaaaugh! I can't go through seven steps to make a decision. Do you know how many decisions I have to make every day? I can't spend any time on them," he wailed. Have you ever felt like that? I have. In an earlier post I passed on several techniques for making a decision in a minute, … Continue reading Overwhelmed? Big decisions in little time
When I was working as a mission analyst on major aerospace systems, there was a sign that someone had posted on the wall that read, “There comes a time in every project when you must shoot the engineers and begin production.” This was a warning to the engineers, who always wanted to build the perfect … Continue reading Time to shoot the engineers
Have you ever had a crazy dream, an impossible goal for yourself? I did. When I started my consulting services, I realized that for the first time in my life I could work on whatever I chose. But what did I want to do? Decision analysis, certainly. But what else? I thought about my long-term … Continue reading Saying nay to the naysayers
My husband Jerry and I decided after a few years of marriage that we would have a baby. We thought this was our decision to make. We figured it would be easy. People do it all the time. In fact, a lot of people do it by accident. But nothing happened, and there were no … Continue reading Opportunity knocks. Are you just going to sit there?
Living intentionally has been a theme of this blog lately. Take charge of your decisions and your life. I recently ran across a blog from a husband and wife who are really walking the talk, literally. The last I checked, they counted more than 62 million footsteps on their continuing worldwide trek. Daniel Noll and … Continue reading Live intentionally. They do.
It’s the first day of the New Year. You wake up some time in the afternoon with a headache and a vague recollection of kissing people you don’t even know. You had too much food, too much booze and not enough sleep. You spend the rest of the day on the couch in your pajamas … Continue reading Is this any way to start off a new year?