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Have you heard of the paradox of choice 6 Mind-Blowing TED Talks About Psychology & Human Behavior 6 Mind-Blowing TED Talks About Psychology & Human Behavior The human brain is complex and confusing, which explains why human behavior is so complex and confusing. People have a tendency to act one way when they feel something completely different. Here are a few... Read More ? Here’s a quick crash course: the more choices that are available to you, the more likely you won’t be able to make a decision. As choices increase, the chances of making the wrong choice also increase. It’s the classic “grass might be greener on the other side” dilemma and it leads to indecisiveness.

There’s a difference between “researching the proper decision” and “being indecisive”. The former leads you to a decision. The latter is a stalling tactic. If you’re like me and suffer from analysis paralysis, these apps will change your life.

Choicemap (iOS, Free)

Choicemap is a wonderful app that simplifies the decision making process in such a way that you end up making the best decision without knowing it. It’s useful for something as simple as finding a place to eat or as important as choosing a career path. It’s quite genius in retrospect.

Here’s how it works: You create a new decision. For that decision, you list all of the possible choices before you. Then, you list all of the factors that go into the decision and you weight those factors by priority. Finally, you go through each decision and rate them based on the priorities you listed.

The result is a ranking of every choice according to your own inputted priorities and ratings, which ultimately presents the “best fit choice” for that decision. It’s simple but absolutely mind-blowing in its efficacy.

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Decision Buddy (Android, Free)

Like Choicemap, Decision Buddy is a decision making app that breaks down the process into manageable little steps so you end up making a decision without actually making a decision. It comes with hundreds of preloaded decision making options so it’s faster than Choicemap but not as customizable.

The basic rundown is simple. You decide an activity (like eat, go or do), a context (dinner, anniversary, birthday), and a date. Based on those choices, you choose any number of choices from a pool of potential options. Then, you send those choices to any number of contacts on your device. Each person picks what they want in secret and then the final result is shown.

In a way it’s similar to the EpicDecide website EpicDecide: Cool Group Decision Making Tool EpicDecide: Cool Group Decision Making Tool Read More , but I much prefer Decision Buddy.

Urbanspoon (iOS & Android, Free)

There’s one question that induces indecisiveness more often than any other question: “Where do you want to eat?” For some reason, nobody ever knows where they want to eat. If they do know, they never speak up. I can’t count the number of occasions where I’ve spent more time deciding where to eat than actually eating.

In that regard, Urbanspoon is a life saver Spin Your Way To Your Next Meal With Urbanspoon For iPad Spin Your Way To Your Next Meal With Urbanspoon For iPad Urbanspoon? What's so special about Urbanspoon? You're probably thinking this because you've heard of the app before, and old apps are not usually that exciting. This one is! Read More . It works by taking your current location and suggesting places to eat in the vicinity. You can filter results by Distance, Cuisine Type, and Cost Range in case you have an idea of what you want but don’t know what’s available out there. It’s hands down one of the best apps for deciding where to eat 5 Helpful Apps for When You Can’t Decide Where to Eat 5 Helpful Apps for When You Can’t Decide Where to Eat Can't decide where to eat? Then you need at least one of these apps. Read More .

Ultimate Decision Maker (Android, Free)

Sometimes there is no right answer. No matter how hard you try, there’s no way to distinguish the validity of one choice from another. Other times, the decision is so miniscule and unimportant that it doesn’t really matter what you choose. That’s when an app like Ultimate Decision Maker comes in handy.

Think of it as an advanced Magic 8-Ball. It comes with a few different tools: a coin flipper, a random number spinner, a ticket picker, a dice roller, and a lottery-type number ball selector. Want to leave your decision up to chance, fate, or providence? This is the app for you.

Best Decision (iOS, $0.99)

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Best Decision is minimal and straightforward and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. When you need to make a tough decision, all you have to do is go through Best Decision’s 5-step process:

  1. What’s the decision?
  2. What are the possible outcomes?
  3. What are the priorities and criteria?
  4. How do you feel about each outcome?
  5. Done!

It sounds a bit like Choicemap but that’s okay. If you don’t like that one, try this one. Best Decision’s flexibility makes it a suitable tool for decisions of all kinds, both simplex and complex. You can even password protect things to maintain your privacy from other indecisive prying eyes!

What about you? Do you use apps to help you make mundane and/or difficult decisions? If so, which apps? Or do you think the whole idea is silly to begin with? Share your thoughts with us in the comments!

  1. johnstephens1224
    September 14, 2015 at 8:05 am

    I use Deadlock - simple app, enter your options & shake the phone - neat animation decides for you. Also saves decisions to be used again, deciding which bar to go to has never been easier!!

    They are all handy apps!

    • Joel Lee
      September 24, 2015 at 3:43 am

      Hey John. I did a quick search for a Deadlock app but only found Deadlock Online which is a multiplayer game. It sounds cool though, so hopefully I'll be able to find it eventually. :)

  2. Greg
    May 1, 2015 at 11:18 am

    The most simple variant http://en.castlots.org/ )

  3. Claire
    April 8, 2015 at 10:01 pm

    LASTLOOK is also an app that allows you to make decisions, based on photos. You share photos privately with your friends, and they get back to you with comments, approval or rejection. So say you're trying to buy a couch, but want your roommates opinions about them, you upload the photos of all the couches, and they get to approve or reject the ones they like/dislike and can also comment on the photos, for example to say they like a certain model but in a different color. Helpful for all kinds of decisions in small private groups.

  4. Undecided (I think)
    May 4, 2014 at 3:29 am

    So many Choice Apps to choose from! Which Choice App should I choose? :)

  5. Ben S
    May 3, 2014 at 8:31 pm

    Last year, some of the guys on my hall got into Thumb. I installed and tried it for a bit, but ended up uninstalling.

    The idea is that you ask a question and upload a picture (either from your device or a quick Google search) that is related to your query. It just wasn't that fun - the questions became really generic and repetitive. I wanted to like it, though, and the idea of instant opinions is cool.

    It's something to do to kill a few minutes, though.

    • Joel L
      May 5, 2014 at 6:47 pm

      That's an interesting app. Unfortunately, yeah, most social apps like that depend on the group. If the group uses it well, it can be awesome, but if they don't, it's just a waste of space. I probably won't be using Thumb (my group would be a bad one for that) but thanks for sharing it. :)

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