A Checklist of Rationality Habits to Help Make Effective Decisions

The Center for Applied Rationality has broken out the decision-making and self-examination habits of particularly rational minds into a handy checklist.

Some of the my favorite habits are:

  • I notice my mind flinching away from a thought; and when I notice, I flag that area as requiring more deliberate exploration.
  • When facing a difficult decision, I try to reframe it in a way that will reduce, or at least switch around, the biases that might be influencing it.
  • I quantify consequences—how often, how long, how intense.
  • I try not to treat myself as if I have magic free will; I try to set up influences (habits, situations, etc.) on the way I behave, not just rely on my will to make it so.

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