Do you ever suffer from analysis paralysis? You know, where you have a million thoughts and ideas running through your head and you can’t seem to sort them out? You want to do everything, and it’s so difficult to figure out where to start that, eventually, you just get so overwhelmed you wind up doing nothing.
If you don’t know what I’m talking about, congratulations. Seriously, I envy anyone who can sort through their thoughts and focus on one thing at a time. Because for me, I have a major case of analysis paralysis. I could blame my ADD, and it’s probably a big part of it, but I don’t want to make excuses.
It definitely affects my work. Whenever you see me take a hiatus from the blog I’m probably feeling overwhelmed and don’t know what to work on. Of course, sometimes I’m just busy, but most of the time I don’t know where to start.
It also affects my everyday life. Like not being able to pick a restaurant or having too many things I could do that all sound good that I end up doing nothing. Or I’ll overthink it to the point where I talk myself out of doing something I want to do.
So what am I doing about it?
I’m working on focusing on one thing at a time. So far, it’s a struggle. I’m not very good at it. But that’s okay. I’ve given myself permission to fail. I don’t want to hyper-focus on it because that will probably just loop me right back into my crazy cycle. Instead, I want to focus on acknowledging that hey maybe I’m trying to do too many things at once, let’s refocus.
I’m also working on not overthinking my blog topics. Rather, just opening my computer and typing whatever comes out. In fact, that’s what I’m doing right now. I’m trying to just let my thoughts flow freely and remind myself that I can always edit them later.
Will it work every time? Probably not. But I have a feeling that the more I practice the easier it will be.
For my personal life, my goal is to go with what feels right. If I’m deciding between different events or classes, which one makes me most excited? Maybe the answer is none, but at least I’ll be choosing not to do anything. If it’s deciding on a restaurant, which cuisine makes my mouth water right now? Essentially, the goal is to live in the moment, learn to listen to my inner compass, and do what best serves me and is most likely to make me happy.
Sometimes we need to take a step back, breathe, and quiet our minds for a moment to figure out what we really want. I’m forever telling my clients that slow and steady wins the race, sometimes I have to remember that my advice applies to me as well.
Anyone else have any tips on keeping from getting overwhelmed/focusing on too many things? Comment below.