Make Better Decisions - Don't Just Trust Your Gut

How do you make decisions? By trusting your gut? Or by making lists?

If you're anything like me, it's a struggle, going back and forth over the possible consequences of your actions.

David DeSteno, a professor of psychology at Northwestern University is advising us to stop trusting ourselves, so should we put our trust in technology instead?

ChoiceMap is a new app that helps you make better decisions, about what career to choose, what car to buy or what city to live in.

If you are trying to choose a career, you first list your options, and then list the factors that influence your decision, eg. pay, hours, fun, location. Next you give a weight to how much you care about each factor, between 1 and 10, and then rate your options.

ChoiceMap AppChoiceMap App

Choicemap uses it's algorithm to deliver a ranking of your options by percentage of perfect, allowing you to visualize your preferences and priorities. Then you can see if you really agree with the outcome. 

It seems pretty simple, but it's much faster than doing the same thing on a piece of paper. It's also really flexible, so you can create your own lists, or select from a list of templates. 

It comes hot on the heels of Feels, another app to help you make a decision. Feels is built more for the emoticon lovers among us. For each career option, you can attach a photo, and instead of ranking factors like pay, hours or fun from 1-10, you assign an emoticon. At the end, instead of seeing a percentage, you can see how happy the options will make you.

Feels AppFeels App

It's a colourful app, put together in just 9 weeks as part of a class project at Savannah College of Art and Design. Pretty impressive stuff. 

So if you like numbers, ChoiceMap is free on the app store. If you want images and emotions, Feels, priced at $2.99, is available here. But if you like the struggle of decision making, forget all that and just use the magic eight ball.