Have you ever wanted to accomplish a task that you had so much fear about what the outcome will be? Normally such actions never become a reality because of the overthinking that goes with it. Sometimes a little problem can be perceived as a large problem that gives birth to other problems.
This attitude is very dangerous because it makes one not to enjoy the happiness at the moment since the person is busy faultfinding every situation. Such type of an individual can hardly get anything done because of overthinking and deconstructing everything before it happens that it ends up not happening. This situation called paralysis by analysis. In other words, something gets analyzed (overanalyzed) to the point that it doesn’t get done.
Bear in mind that this doesn’t mean that thinking things through is bad. As a matter of fact, It is prudent in many cases to plan and strategize over anything you might want to do. But there is a very big difference between those who think things through and those who overthink, the former gets things done while the latter end up not following through.
So you can see that being overly cautious or always looking for perfection can be very detrimental to your progress in life. Nevertheless, in this article we will look at four ways to get past this problem:
1) Realize you can’t control everything
You just can’t. So, it is better to devote your time to deal with the things you can control and not waste time on the things you can’t. If you don’t, in the end, you just get frustrated because of all the time you wasted that did not improve that situation.
2) Limit the time to make decisions
Sometimes just one decision you have to make might appear to be as if your whole life depends on it. However, this would make you be a bit hesitant and make room for you to overthink the whole situation. Bringing a time limit regarding when making a decision can go a long way. For small decisions, limit the decision time to 30 seconds or less; for larger decisions, allow 30 minutes to a few hours depending on the scope and importance of the issue needs deciding. Setting a time limit makes you come to a decision and jump over it.
3) Reduce stress
Here are some things that help reduce stress:
• Start your day on a positive note. It usually sets the tone for the rest of the day.
• If you haven’t already, break down larger tasks into smaller chunks (how do you eat an elephant? One chunk at a time).
• Take regular breaks. It helps clear the mind and once back at your work, things look different and usually more positive.
• Avoid information overload. Force yourself to look at emails when you get to work, mid-day and before going home for the day. Otherwise, all your time is spent dealing with emails and not doing the work you should have done by the end of the day.
• Lay out the schedule for the next day before leaving work for the day. That way you can start organized the next day and avoid spinning your wheels.
4) Look at things from a wider perspective
Before counting something out as not worth trying, ask yourself how (or if) it will matter in 5 years from now or even in a few weeks. If it is something that is short-lived, avoid overthinking it and just do it!
In this article, we looked at 4 ways you can start using today to stop (or at least lessen) the amount of time spent overanalyzing everything. By implementing just these 4 things, you will get more done and spend less time spinning your wheels.