D is for Decisions.

Apps and books on decision-making.

This post is part of our blog series, The A to Z of Being Babyproof, a celebration of the attitudes and behaviours it takes to balance career and family – because “babyproof” is not a destination, it’s a blueprint for having it all and making it work.


If you’ve been following the blog this month you’ll know that we’ve been exploring the psychology of decision-making and looking at how being decisive is a skill that can be learned and harnessed to help you achieve your career and family goals. To supplement our tips on decision-making, this week we’re sharing some great resources to help you understand the cognitive processes behind effective decision-making, as well as practical tools and techniques to help you make proactive choices.


Books on Decision-Making – the background


books on decision-makingThinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

An intellectual yet very entertaining read – Thinking Fast and Slow offers amazing insight into the world of human reasoning and conscious and unconscious thinking. The book is a great starting point for understanding how our brains approach decision-making and how we need to take our subconscious bias into account when making choices.




books on decision-makingHow We Decide by Jonah Lehrer

Lehrer weaves lessons from the cutting-edge of neuroscience, psychology, philosophy and politics to show how human decision-making and our understanding of it has evolved. Using compelling case studies from history, he offers huge insight into human choice as well as practical advice for using this information to help us in our daily lives.




books on decision-makingBlink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell. This riveting book looks at the power of “first impressions” and “snap judgements” in the decision-making process. Gladwell investigates the role of instinct in the choices we make and posits that honing our intuition could arguably make us better decision-makers





Books on Decision-Making – self help


books on decision-makingDecisive: How to Make Better Decisions by Chip & Dan Heath.

Chip and Dan Heath describe the four main issues that stifle effective decision-making and offer a four-step process for overcoming these problems. If you’re stuck in a rut when it comes to making choices – this book might offer you a fresh perspective.





books on decision-makingThe 5 Second Rule – how to transform your life, work and confidence with everyday courage by Mel Robbins

This book does what it says on the tin. Mel Robbins shows how we can overcome habits and patterns of procrastination by using the ‘5 second rule’. She teaches us to recognise ‘push moments’ in our lives, and how to then use the 5 second rule as a technique to make swift, proactive choices at these critical times.




books on decision-makingSmart Choices – a practical guide to making better decisions by John S. Hammon, Ralph L.Keeney and Howard Raiffa

Straightforward and helpful, this book lays out a simple, clear and practical framework for decision-making. Taking a holistic approach, the book usefully covers decision-making in both a business and individual setting.





books on decision-makingNudge – improving decisions about health, wealth and happiness by Richard H. Thaler and Cass R. Sunstein

This book explores the choices we make and shows how we can learn to make better ones. In demonstrating that we are all susceptible to unconscious bias, Thaler and Sunstein suggest that many of our decisions can be poor ones. By understanding how and why we think like we do, they believe it should be possible to ‘nudge’ people into a better direction for decision-making without restricting their freedom of choice.



Apps on Decision-Making

I’m not for one minute suggesting that you let an app or algorithm make important decisions for you – that’s all a bit too Blade Runner for my liking! However – they can be helpful in getting you to focus on the decisions in hand and in prompting you to take action.


FYI Decision: making best choices for home and business books on decision-making

Including templates and highly customizable criteria and options to help you focus on decisions. You can also share and discuss your choices with friends and family.






books on decision-makingChoice Map   

This app asks you what you care about and then ranks options in your decisions according to your values using a personalised algorithm. It is good for visual learners as the rankings are visually presented.






books on decision-makingGreat Decisions 10

This app aims to increase your self-confidence by helping you make good decisions. There is an arrow scale you can use to weigh up pros and cons and you can keep track of past decisions in order to inform future choices.





books on decision-makingThisThat

This app is just a bit of fun – particularly useful for shopping! Get help making decisions by asking your friends through a quick, private alert system. You can send them a photo and canvas their opinions. You can also earn discounts and get offers from selected retailers.





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books on decision-makingCaroline Flanagan is a Keynote Speaker, Babyproof Coach and Author of Babyproof Your Career, The Secret to Balancing Work and Family so you can Enjoy It All. Caroline believes passionately in the dream of having it all, and founded Babyproof Your Life to train and prepare ambitious career women for the marathon of working parenthood so they can find their own way to #enjoyitall and #makeitwork. You can reach Caroline at caroline@babyproofyourlife.com