COMPARISON DECISION BALANCE SHEET

(SAMPLE)

This style gets into more possibilities but follows the same logic.

Instructions:

1. State the question to be decided along with the options on the top line.

2. List items to be considered, no matter how important. Make two columns for each option.

3. Let the list sit for 24 hours and add any items that come to mind.

4. Pick the most important item and put a weight of 100 next to it.

5. Go down the list of items weighing each item with a weight that is related to the percentage of importance to the item given the 100 weight. Select a percentage rating for each item for each option. (Negative items are weighted with negatives)

6. Let the list sit for 24 hours.

7. Check the weights and ratings you gave to each item and option and adjust as appropriate.

8. Multiply the weight by the rating and divide by 100 and put that number in the score column for each item for each option. (Weight X Rating / 100 = Score) (Be sure to carry negatives.)

9. Add the scores. The decision is based upon the comparison of the total score for each item.

Decision: Where should I go for vacation, Arizona or Alaska?

Item

Weight

ITEMS

Arizona Rating

Arizona

Score

Alaska Rating

Alaska

Score

80

See sights

100

80

100

80

-100

Cost

100

-100

60

-60

50

Visit relatives

20

10

60

30

35

Time away from home will be (longer)

100

35

80

28

45

Better climate

80

36

30

13.5

40

Get to fly (farther)

70

28

100

40

50

Use air mileage

50

25

100

50

10

Buy souvenirs

100

10

100

10

-5

Time adjustment

80

-4

100

-5

20

Motel choices

75

15

35

7

25

Car rental choices

90

22.5

25

6.25

250

157.5

199.75

The decision made is: Do not go to Arizona. Go to Alaska.