If you're like me, everyday you wake up you have the most pressing tasks you MUST complete each day.
The only problem is one task is manageable, but when you have to decide between three and five task that's when things get a little complex. Questions start to pop up in your head:
- Which one should I start with first?
- Which one is the most important?
- Which one can I push off until tomorrow?
- Or I don't have any task lined up, what should I be doing right now?
This a very common problem for people driven to accomplish goals and if handled incorrectly will cause you to not make any progress.
Let's analyze the term "analysis paralysis". Simply describes an individual or group process when overanalyzing or overthinking a situation can cause forward motion or decision making to become "paralyzed", meaning that no solution or course of action is decided upcon.
Let's put this term into practice with some common uses cases:
Wife discovers there is an issue with the wi-fi in the house. She spends 30 minutes analyzing the possible problems as to why it's not working.
Husband is intently listening and thinking.
Wife starts unplugging ports and power outlets. Searching the internet perfusely for possible answers to confirm the possible problems she thought in her head.
Husband ask, "hey, don't we have the Total Tech Support service with Best Buy?"
She says, "yes... we do."
Husband says, "why don't we set up an appointment to have one of their [specialists] come out to diagnose.
Starting a New Business
You're starting a new business and you have a set of tasks lined up for the week.
One of which is reaching out to a key local contact in the space you're starting your business in. Your main goal is to introduce your idea and set up an appointment to further discuss.
Immediately you start thinking of things like, what if I'm not ready? What exactly should I say? He/she is gong to think my idea is stupid.
All of this while you still haven't sent the email out to contact the person.
This tasks is really simple, it's either going to end in a yes or no. But it will definitely be a no if you don't take the first step in sending the email out.
If you're constantly dealing with the analysis paralysis issue and not making progress, no worries happens to all of us in some capacity.
It's always important to remember that action creates a reaction. There's no such thing as taking the wrong first step. Only repeating the same step that didn't work the first time.
Don't get so caught up in your head trying to be too calculated with "what's the right approach" or "getting it perfect the first time".
This is where people get it all wrong when it comes to making progress. Focus on the action and less on the thought process of everything.
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