3 Ways To Win The Battle Of Analysis Paralysis
I’ve always had trouble making decisions. Not major decisions, but the smaller ones. The ones that eat away the day.
The kind of decisions that keep you from being productive and lead you to bingeing through 12 episodes of Breaking Bad on Netflix. These are the things that lead us to procrastination. But the problem is not procrastination. As a recent Business Insider article points out, sometimes procrastination is the main ingredient to allowing a great idea to flourish. The problem is your lack of deciding what is a “MUST” vs. what is a “SHOULD”.
This distinction is important, but hard to come by. Let’s break down why this is important with 5 ways to win the battle over your analysis paralysis.Decide whether the task is something you truly “MUST” do, or something you just “SHOULD” do.
Decide whether the task is something you truly “MUST” do or something you just “SHOULD” do.
For us to decipher this we need to understand what the difference is. I have a course on this with a few visuals and even a checklist to help you make this easier. The major difference revolves around consequences.
If there are clear and direct consequences for NOT completing something, then it’s much more likely it’s something you “MUST” do. If there aren’t, then it’s just something you want to do, or “SHOULD” do at some point. But not before the “MUST”.
Decide which tasks need to come first by order of potential consequences.
It’s not just enough to determine which things are a “MUST” and which are a “SHOULD”. You have to prioritize them or you’ll just find yourself in the same position as when you started. Trying to decide which “MUST” you need to tackle first!
Break the tasks down into the harshest potential consequences so you can decide which things need to come first. David Allen’s book, Getting Things Done tackles this in a slightly different way, and I agree with the approach to some degree. He says, if you can get the task done in two minutes or less, then do it immediately and get it out of the way. I agree with this if it’s something that is easily identifiable.
If it’s not something you can tell that can be done that quickly, just move on in your prioritizing scale.
Decide the benefit of the things being accomplished based on your list of priorities.
It’s not enough to just decide what is a “MUST” vs. a “SHOULD”, then you need to put those things in priority and act on them. Action is important, but deliberate action is more important. Taking this deliberate action on the things you prioritize will allow you to figure things out and make real headway in your life.
Once you do these things I truly believe you’ll be able to find time for the simple things–like thinking…
It’s amazing what you realize you haven’t been doing when you all of a sudden find yourself organized and ready to tackle the days activities.
You may even be able to find time to spend with your family. I’m sure they’ve missed you.