Tactics for making very hard decisions.

  • Essentially equivalent: If options seem impossible to choose between, then they may be functionally equivalent and arbitrary secondary concerns can decide.
  • Role play: Spend three days living and imagining as someone that chose one option. Reset for a few days, then try on the next option.


  1. William Burnett and David J. Evans, Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life, First edition (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2016). (See notes.)