Analysis paralysis is common in the technology business where you have an ample supply of cerebral thinkers, logic-based individuals, and perfectionists. Analysis paralysis is the inability to decide due to overthinking a problem. Where a person or a group can have too much data which causes endless pontificating over the upsides and downsides of each option, and an inability to pick one. Analysis paralysis is akin to procrastination which is where people unnecessarily delay or postpone doing something despite knowing that there will be negative consequences for doing so.
So, how do we break the cycle of analysis paralysis? Napoleon Hill of Think and grow rich, said “We should start right where we are with the next thing we face.” Go for the low hanging fruit and make small choices quickly. This will seed a habit-forming foundation of decisiveness. At first, this may feel a little awkward and impulsive, but allow yourself the freedom to make quick decisions in small ways. Like hitting singles or doubles, and then eventually working their way up to homerun type decisions. Analysis paralysis can affect our nervous system because it’s consuming. It can cause all sorts of neurotic type issues that affect blood pressure and stomach disorders which bleed over into your work and personal life.
Analysis paralysis involves ruminating, or spinning the same thoughts around over and again, but this overthinking typically doesn’t lead to any new insight. Continuing to analyze possibilities when you already feel fatigued and overwhelmed is what eventually triggers the “paralysis,” or inability to decide. Your brain says, “Keep thinking,” but instead, try the opposite. Get some distance from your dilemma by finding an enjoyable distraction that helps you relax. The goal is to avoid thinking about the decision for a while so it may help to do something that requires some mental energy like reading a book. Take a break, decompress, and enjoy your life!