I can be incredibly impulsive. Great for a fun Saturday adventure, potentially detrimental at work.
Last week, my leadership coach and I created a decision matrix—a checklist to make sure I'm pausing and using specific criteria before leaping. Everyone's will be different, but here is what's on mine:
Ratings (from 1 to 5) of the opportunity across different vectors (Networking, sales, investment, learning, etc.)
Alignment with priorities, mission, and values of both my company and me
How I feel about it in my gut, my head and my heart
Costs, such as the time required, risk and business or personal trade-offs
A few thought starters to help me think about what other inputs I need to make the decision
I can run through this in 5-minutes, and it helps to make sure I'm being consistent across choices and am not forgetting key points. Try drafting one for yourself. I mean, who doesn't like a checklist?