There are very few decisions to be made that can’t wait until you’ve had time to sleep on it.
Before making a major purchase, it’s a good idea to slow down and do a little research. You don’t want to suffer from buyer’s remorse when you realize you’ve spent your hard earned money on something you don’t really need or want. Sleeping on it may keep you from buying an inferior product or one that’s over priced.
Just last weekend we nearly booked a trip based completely on emotion. Fortunately, we slowed down long enough to think about whether or not we really wanted to spend nearly two thousand dollars for a five day get away. I’m sure we’d have enjoyed a short trip in February, but by sleeping on it, we avoided a feeling of regret while boarding a plane in a few months.
Sleeping on it doesn’t only refer to decisions involving parting with money. Other times you may want to sleep on it include:
- before making a commitment to undertake a new project
- before confronting a friend, family member, or co-worker in anger
- before changing jobs
Spur of the moment decisions are often made when you’re under stress and as a result it’s easy to make a mistake as a result of not carefully weighing the consequences. You want to make sure you don’t get wrapped up in the chaos of the moment and that you focus on your priorities. It’s easy to overlook your needs or those of your family if you rush to make a decision, and it’s much more difficult to correct a mistake than to get it right in the first place.
Don’t take this to mean that you should avoid making decisions. Procrastination isn’t the answer, but slow down, talk to those affected, sleep on it. You’ll feel more confident and happier with your decisions.
So sleep on it!