With decision-making on the brain, I thought I’d do a little series of posts showing the No-Brainer Scenario in action…
Recently someone sent me an email about a decision they were trying to make:
What a bummer. All that work looking for a new office, making sure you picked a place that will support you by being a productive environment. Only to find you might have to start the process all over again.
Within the last couple of months, I moved into a new office. As it turns out, I’m not sure this new place is a very good fit for me. It’s hard for me to get my work done here. But I also don’t want to move again so soon – moving is expensive! How do I decide?
It makes perfect sense to feel stuck on this decision.
What we tend to consider
When we’re in this kind of situation, where we’ve just chosen something that isn’t working out, it’s really easy to focus on sunk costs.
I spent a lot of money on a moving truck and movers.
I paid to have that one wall added so I could have a waiting room.
I spent hours searching for this place. I don’t want to start looking again!
Sunk costs are the money, time and energy we put toward something that can’t ever be recouped. Whether you stay or go, the investments are gone, so it’s not useful information for this decision.
Completely normal to focus on them, but not helpful. You may as well just rub some salt in that wound, instead.
A more helpful place to focus our attention
This particular decision comes down to productivity in your business. And giving yourself what you need to be successful. That’s big, important stuff.
A more helpful way to look at this decision would be to consider:
What is it costing me to spend my work days in an environment that doesn’t support me?
How much revenue am I losing by not finishing my work as efficiently as I could be?
What is it doing to my mental health to be frustrated at work most of the time?
It’s important to focus on these questions because the decision is really about one thing:
The cost of staying vs. the cost of moving.
What makes it tricky, though, is that it feels more expensive to move because there are direct costs involved (hiring movers, etc.). The costs of staying feel more indirect (lost revenue, recovery time, etc.), so it’s easy to disregard them.
What’s your No-Brainer Scenario?
I don’t have all the details, but let’s assume your current office situation can’t be improved without a lot of headaches. (Otherwise, you would have taken care of it already, right?)
You want to have a productive office space, and yet moving again so soon seems crazy. And comes with its own set of headaches.
Yet focusing on those potential headaches is the very thing that’s keeping you stuck.
You already know why you don’t want to move. Now let’s flip that on its head and figure out what would make moving a No-Brainer.
Start by asking yourself:
What would make it a No-Brainer to move?
Here’s a hypothetical No-Brainer Scenario for this situation:
- The new place needs to be within 15 minutes’ drive of the old place.
- The rent needs to be the same or less than what I pay now.
- The new landlord needs to be willing for me to pay the deposit in two installments.
- The office needs to have plenty of windows.
That list will vary, of course, depending on what your concerns are. Anything can go on the list as long as the condition helps make saying yes to moving easier.
Check in with yourself
When you think you’ve listed all the conditions you need for the decision to be an easy yes, stop and check in with yourself.
Envision moving with all your No-Brainer Conditions in tact. Imagine finding the right place, at the right price, etc.
How do you feel?
If you can say, “Yes, this would make it a No-Brainer to go ahead and move,” yay! You’ve found your No-Brainer Scenario.
If you still feel stuck, ask yourself, “What’s this remaining sense of concern about? What am I afraid will happen?”
Listen to the answers without judging them.
Maybe you’re worried about the amount of time you’ll spend looking for a new space. If so, you can add a condition that says you’ll spend no more than 4 hours per week looking at new offices.
Whatever the concern is, you can turn it around and add it to your No-Brainer Scenario.
Once you’ve found your No-Brainer Scenario
Once you’ve addressed all your concerns, and found all the conditions that would make moving a No-Brainer, make sure you have them written down. And keep that list handy!
The list will serve as your guide for what office spaces to consider. And which places to skip. And it will help you know what you need to discuss with the landlord.
You already know that you need to move, sooner or later. What you’ve figured out is what it would take to make moving sooner something you can feel good about.
You’ve gotten unstuck and made a decision. How cool is that?
How about you?
What decisions are you working on? What has you stuck? Let’s talk about it in the comments.
And if you’d like some hands-on help for your business decisions, be sure to check out my upcoming class. The early bird discount ends this week!