3 Reasons to Stop Over-thinking and Just Do It
Today as I sat thinking about how to prioritize my to-do list I couldn’t decide between three major tasks and which one should come first. I started working away without putting any of them in a prioritized order and simply started checking off the tasks as they were completed. It sure seemed like the day flew by without much getting accomplished, it actually gave me a headache. Has that ever happened to you?
I found myself getting distracted by every email, phone call and random noise in the house today; I almost felt like I could understand how those with ADHD might feel…out of sort, over-thinking every little step I took.
Taking a much needed break I decided to start dinner and just forget what needed doing for a bit. Different scenery, different things to think about like how many cups of water for each cup of beans, much of it was mindless to tell the truth. I knew I had to return to my work tasks sooner than later but I sure was procrastinating today, way over-thinking decisions that should have been made last week or even sooner.
Finally it dawned on me that the problem was I had too much on my plate. I was being unrealistic about what anyone, even myself could accomplish in any given eight hour work day. Even though I didn’t want to admit it the reality is that when you work from home, when you are the CEO of your own company it is imperative that you recognize your limitations and learn to be okay with it.
I went in search of the answers to help myself stop over-thinking every little thing from which perfume to put on in the morning to which keywords are right for my blog. Heavens sakes it’s not rocket science or wait is it? Okay, see what I mean…that’s how my entire day went.
So, if you find yourself tending to over-think and question every step you make during your day at the office here are three steps to help you stop over-thinking and just do it.
Step # 1 – Make a list of each decision that needs to be made this week. Do your due diligence and research the pros and cons of each option. Part of that research can include a mastermind group, a few trusted associates that will lend their unbiased opinion for your consideration.
After weighing all of the research, opinions and facts – make your decision swiftly and decisively. Just do it!
Step # 2 – If it’s difficult to do there is not always an easy fix. No matter how hard you think there might be an easy way out if you just keep rehashing it in your mind there isn’t. There’s an old saying that goes “can’t see the forest for the trees”. Simply put sometimes the answer is right in front of our noses yet we continue to over-think things to a point of being totally blinded by the obvious answer.
The answer to this is to just do it regardless of if it is difficult or not. Worst case scenario you will grow personally through the challenge of completing the task without over-thinking it.
Step # 3 – Continuing to over-think things will make matters worse, complicate the decision or task and may result in certain failure. By taking decisive action now you can always adjust, correct and move forward. By over-thinking you end up paralyzed in fear and make no headway at all.
Give yourself a deadline for all decisions, tasks and projects. That allows you to think things through, do thorough research and the time limit will stop you from over-thinking yourself into oblivion.
Starting tomorrow I am implementing these three steps into each decision that I make from this point forward. I know I’m not the only Type A personality out there that tends to do this annoying, paralyzing behavior, am I?
If this story and these tips have helped you in anyway, leave a comment below. Share your secrets to eliminating over-thinking and accomplishing more each day.
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