Decision making skills

General Description of the Module:

In this module, you will improve your decision making skills by learning a decision making strategy that will improve the quality of choices you make.

Activity : Decision wheel

Specific Objectives:

  • To become more aware of your own decision making process.
  • To understand and develop a decision making strategy.

Duration: 35-45 minutes

Resources: Decision Wheel Activity Sheets, pens.

Description of the activity:

  1. Start with a discussion:
    • Have you ever made a choice that resulted in a consequence that you did not want?
    • How do we decide whether we should do something or not?
    • How do you usually make a choice or a decision?
  2. Share the Decision Wheel Activity Sheets, then read and review the decision making steps.
  3. Read the following scenario:
    You and your friends have a task to organize an event that will help your school become more environmentally friendly. You begin planning the event, but first, you have to choose what kind of event you will organize.
  4. Either in smaller groups, or individually, fill in the decision wheel activity sheet by thinking about these questions:
    • What is the problem?
    • What are the choices you have?
    • What do you think the consequences of these choices will be for yourself and others who are involved?
    • What values do you need to consider?
    • How do you feel about the situation?
    • Is there anything else you need to learn about it?
    • Do you need to ask for help? Who will you ask?
    • What is your decision?
    • Do you think you made the right decision? Why?
  5. Share your decisions with the group and shortly explain your decision making process.

After the activity:

After completing the activity, take some time to reflect on your experience. Think about or write down answers to these reflection points:

  • Did I learn something new? If yes, what?
  • What skills did I improve?
  • How could I apply those skills or knowledge in my life? (Think of a few examples)

Suggestion and tips for facilitation:

You can change the situations according to your needs.

This module is closely related to the Goal setting and Action planning modules.

"Decision wheel" activity sheet

Start by stating the problem in the hub of the wheel. Next, move through the 9 choices, one by one and fill in the blanks.