Path is a simple and free app that will help you put your decisions into context and make them more manageable. Use it to visualise the impact of each option on the parts of your life that are most important.
Great app, simple interface, lots of room to grow!
As someone trained to make decisions for large companies, I find this a great, quick, and easy way to make decisions in your life.
It forces you to consider outcomes, alternatives, and impact - exactly the criteria you should - when making a decision. It presents each in a step-by-step and easy way. The end result is a visualization that helps understand why the preferred alternative best achieves the desired outcomes, including seeing how each alternative is influenced by the impacts on your life/company.
I have two suggestions that would take this from being useful to being a go-to tool for even the most important decisions:
1) When setting the “aspects of your life this impacts”, the app should let you set as an “importance” value as 1-10 scale (low to high want) or “must”. If you choose it as a must, then any alternative/choice that doesn’t meet that should not be scored at all. As is, the app treats each of these as being equally important to the final decision. In reality, it’s a mix of low/med/high wants and musts. It’s a useful way to further eliminate/distinguish alternatives.
2) The final visualization should be the sum of the products of how impactful each choice is (already input) AND the importance of each (from # 1 above).
With these additions, the final output would reflect the process known as a Decision Analysis.
Simple, clean and unintrusive
It’s one of the very few apps that start without asking for your email, name, address and life history. The concept is simple but nicely executed.