A Decision-Making Technique for the Chronically Indecisive

‘Ooching’ can help you move forward when you’re struggling to make a choice

Kristin Wong
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3 min readApr 2, 2020

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EEven in quarantine, each day is an endless stream of choices: Whether to wear a mask when you go to the grocery store. Which recipe uses just enough of your stockpiled beans, but not too much. How to groom that pandemic beard.

If you struggled with decision-making before, living entirely within the walls of your home probably hasn’t made things any easier. Everyone’s chronic indecision looks a little different: Maybe you have a fear of responsibility. Or maybe you’re a perfectionist, and the idea of making the wrong decision sends your anxiety through the roof. Whatever it looks like, it’s frustrating when your own brain holds you in limbo: You can see all the possible paths laid out ahead, but you’re frozen in front of them.

At the same time, there’s something to be said for sitting with your indecision. We tend to idealize decisiveness, but sometimes taking a moment to weigh the options can make all the difference in the world.

You probably know the saying: A bad decision is better than no decision at all. Whenever I hear that old chestnut, I’m reminded of a former job, when a colleague had boxed up an entire order and gotten it ready to ship…

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Kristin Wong
Forge
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Kristin Wong has written for the New York Times, The Cut, Catapult, The Atlantic and ELLE.