I�ve got this close friend of mine who gets this odd act when it comes to analyzing and making decisions in just a matter of few minutes. It�s not like he�s dull but he just feels like he needs more time and he takes much longer time to reach a conclusion. How do you behave when it comes to decision making? Do you spend a long time thinking over every single decision, because you are afraid of making the wrong choice? Do you feel a need to analyze every single option before you come to a conclusion? Does your over-analysis often stop you from making a move quickly at times missing perfectly good opportunities? This is known to be Analysis paralysis. When you over-think about a decision, to the point where a choice never gets made, thereby creating a paralyzed state of inaction
Analysis paralysis or paralysis by analysis is the state of over-analyzing or over-thinking a situation so that a decision or action is never taken, in effect paralyzing the outcome. A person faces analysis paralysis when he/she�
� Is overwhelmed by the available options
� Over-complicates the decision when it�s supposed to be quite simple
� Feels a deep fear of making a wrong decision, hence stalling decision making to prevent a wrong decision being made
� Feels compelled to pick the right �perfect� decision, thereby delaying making a decision until due research is done
� all in all, not able to decide at all.
Psychologist Barry Schwartz sometimes coined the phrase �Paradox of Choice� to describe his consistent findings that, while increased choice allows us to achieve objectively better results, it also leads to greater anxiety, indecision, paralysis, and dissatisfaction.
Analysis Paralysis in Sports
Analysis paralysis is a critical problem in athletics. It can be explained in simple terms as "failure to react in response to over-thought." A victim of sporting analysis paralysis will frequently think in complicated terms of "what to do next" while contemplating the variety of possibilities and in doing so exhausts the available time in which to act.
Overthinking decisions is holding you back
Delaying action while over-analyzing information clearly doesn�t help when it comes to getting things done. Studies in psychology and neuroscience have revealed that analysis paralysis takes a far greater toll on one�s productivity and well-being than just lost time.
Overthinking lowers your performance on mentally-demanding tasks
When you overanalyze a situation, the repetitive thoughts, anxiety, and self-doubt decrease the amount of working memory you have available to complete challenging tasks, causing your productivity to plummet even further.
Overthinking kills your creativity
There are lots of findings which suggest the fact that overthinking a problem makes it harder to do your best creative work. When you over analyze a situation, you become less creative cos much of your time is wasted.
Overthinking eats up your willpower
Not only does this decision fatigue inhibit our ability to clearly assess the situation at hand, it also makes us more likely to choose unhealthy food, skip exercise, and put-off working on side projects in favor of watching TV. In short, over-analyzing a decision makes it much more difficult to make high-quality, long-term choices later on.
Overcoming Analysis Paralysis
There are many ways to help prevent or overcome the logjam of analysis paralysis. There may be many factors contributing to the cause and if these are made known, they become easy to overcome.
Set initial constraints (deadline, time, people, money, resources) to what you are willing to commit for this plan. Setting deadlines set a 'drop dead' date. Set a deadline and hold yourself accountable. Limit the amount of info, "Curb your curiosity. Intentionally limit the amount of information you consume.
Clarify your objectives and priorities
Having a clear goal can simplify your decisions and actions for any project. Know your main objective.
Make your best decision
Decision fatigue can affect or even prevent good decision making. Structure your day for the decisions that matter most. When you do make your decision, support it. Make your decision the right one.
Get out of your own head and talk it out with someone else.
When paralyzed by a particular decision, reaching out for someone else�s opinion, literally anyone else�s opinion, can lead to a decision we�re happier with than if we had made the choice ourselves.
Schedule a meeting with a coworker, supervisor, mentor, or friend. Having to present your deliberations to someone else forces you to synthesize the information you�ve been collecting in a clear, concise way and through this you overcome your analysis paralysis.
Identify Your Top Objective(s)
Before entering into the decision making process, identify your top objective(s) for this decision. Then, use that to guide you in your decision making. This will help you to arrive at a valid decision quicker.
Perfection is not always the key, Moderately okay is
Unless it�s a life-altering decision, perfection isn�t the key. Your role is to pick a moderately okay decision in a fair amount of time, then move forward after that.
Approach your problems with an iterative or Dynasty mindset
Decisions are most difficult when uncertainty is the greatest. We often base our choices off of assumptions that may or may not be accurate. Luckily, there�s an easy way to test our assumptions without having to fully commit to any given path. It�s called an iterative approach. Approach your problems with a dynasty (positive) mindset.