What Is Analysis-Paralysis and How to Overcome It In Your Daily Life

Written By Aysha Chaudhry

Let’s face it, we all at some point in our lives have been in a situation where we were so stuck on weighing all of our options that we couldn’t bring ourselves to make a decision. The situation could have been as simple as “Where should I go eat?” or the more difficult “What’s the next career move for me?” but when looking at all of the choices we had, we became overwhelmed and decided to just stay home and eat leftovers or wait out a few more months in our job.

This dilemma is called analysis-paralysis and it happens much more often than we think. With the rise of technology use and literally having the Internet at our fingertips, we have so much information available to us that we can become overwhelmed easily. And as women, we have a tendency to over-analyze a lot more than men.

To overcome this information overload for some of the more important decisions in your life, Adam J. Kurtz, author of Things Are What You Make of Them, suggests that you just start doing. As you start to do whatever it is you want to do, you can see what works and what doesn’t and you can evolve from there. Let others in and let them provide feedback. And just continue to do. While it is good to do your research before you start, the real learning comes from taking action. Any small action is better than inaction.

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