Have you ever found yourself not being able to move forward with your projects because of too much analysis? It’s a frustrating scenario because you want to get things done but something inside you is telling you that might not have covered all your bases. Analysis paralysis can be experienced by almost every one and it’s been said that too much analysis leads to paralysis.
Perfectionists tend to experience analysis paralysis the most but just about everyone travelled down this road.
Here’s how I deal with it (not in any particular order)
- Accept the fact that sometimes you just can’t prepare for everything no matter how hard you try.
- Set deadlines and stick to them.
- Break things down into workable modules.
- Rank modules, suggestions and ideas by importance and work on the more important ones first.
- Ask for the opinion of others.
- Delegate so you don’t have to think about everything.
- Focus on a task until it’s done.
- Commit to a set completion date.
- Take short but regular breaks.
- Don’t overwork yourself.
Analysis paralysis all begins in the head. Information overload, too much thinking and worrying as well as negative input from others are the usual causes.
Most of the time, all that’s needed is a change in the way we see things. Focus less on what might go wrong. Focus more on things like tasks and deadlines.
What about you? How do you cope with analysis paralysis?