I’ve been finding for myself (and hearing from others both in and out of libraries) that one of the most stressful things about COVID-19 is the endless need to make decisions. And then often needing to second-guess those decisions, or make new decisions based on new evidence or circumstances. It takes a lot of mental and emotional energy!
Yia Lor, the Human Development and Relationships Educator at UW-Madison Extension, Eau Claire County shared a decision-making tool with me. It is available as a flow chart, as an interactive web tool, as just a list of questions to consider, and more. Like nearly everything I have ever seen from UW-Madison Extension, it is thoughtful and well-done. It won’t save time, but it will help with making intentional decisions about personal activities, and I could imagine it also being useful for making decisions about the library. I recommend it if you are finding that you or someone in your personal life is struggling with decision-making, and it also would be a great tool to share with people the library is serving. Parents who are trying to figure out what to do with their kids in the fall might find it useful!