Analysis-paralysis is a condition that is completely within your control. Studies indicate that people seem to be less drawn to and less open to being influenced by individuals who overthink small decisions or “underthink” big ones.
What would people say about you? Are you an overthinker?
Use these tips to move yourself forward – even when feel overwhelmed by your overly-analytical brain.
1. Teach yourself the difference between big and small decisions. To determine the importance of an issue, ask yourself if you will care (or others will care) about your decision in a week, a month or a year.
2. Don’t always opt for perfection. Perfection is not the goal in every situation. Opt for “good enough” in areas that are not very important.
3. Eliminate bad options. Having too many choices can clutter the best of minds. When considering multiple scenarios, write them down and quickly mark out the bad choices.
4. Set a time limit on your decision. Parkinson’s Law says that work expands to fill the time available for completion. Consider the importance of a decision, consult your team as needed, set the timer and then make a decision.