Learn how to stop your analysis paralysis and take actionable steps towards accomplishing your goals instead.

5 Tips to Take Action Towards Your Goals

This week, I’m talking with you about Analysis Paralysis. Have you heard of it? It’s when we overthink and over-analyze our goals and the progress towards them… and in turn this keeps us from taking action and succeeding.

If this sounds familiar, I hope you’ll keep reading, because these 5 tips will help you stop your analysis paralysis and move forward. I have even more details, tips and insight on this in episode 043 from my podcast, Productivity Paradox.

Planning, researching and being prepared is great… it’s always helpful. But often times, we push our dreams aside because we think we need more and more information, all while wondering if we’re doing this right.

I encourage you to use these 5 tips to combat your analysis paralysis and fears of getting started. Instead, keep the momentum going, receive support, and take action.

 

Your 5 Tips to Overcome Analysis Paralysis

 

Combat Decision Fatigue

Structure your day in a way that allows you to have the most brain power when you need it. You can do this in two ways (and I use these personally every single day…)

  1. Creating automations at work and home. Take the thinking out of it! You’ve heard me talk about this a lot, and that’s because automations relieve the stress I feel when I have too many decisions to make on top of deciding when to do them. My team at inkWELL Press and I use Asana to keep up with weekly, monthly and even yearly tasks.
  2. Tackle your important tasks in the morning. You’ll have a fresh start AND build momentum in your day if you complete tasks that are important to you. That’s not those urgent tasks that are insignificant, it’s tasks that will push you forward to what you want most. Later on, you may feel tired, stuck or unmotivated if you have only been working on insignificant or immediate items.

 

Limit Information You Consume

Stay focused by limiting your tabs open, books you’re using for research, number of people you consult, etc. While it’s great to use different sources, the last thing you’ll want is to get bogged down and overwhelmed when you’re trying to move forward.

Bonus: Make sure to set a deadline for your decision. Giving yourself unlimited time runs the risk of you not getting started. I know deadlines are hard to stick to, so find an accountability partner to check in with you or post to social media about your decision and goal.

 

Choose Your Guidelines

Know which piece of information is the most important to you in order to make your decision. Is it the price? Quality? Intelligence? Location? It depends on your situation and decision, but knowing the most important key piece will help you make your decision faster.

 

Talk With Others

Share your choices and decisions with someone else – a friend, coworker, supervisor or mentor. It forces you to synthesize your information and gives you the validation of your decision to overcome your fears. Talking through what you want to do and what you need to do will not only give you accountability and make things feel more ‘real’ to you, but it will assure that you haven’t missed anything important.

 

Treat Each Decision as an Experiment

Make quicker decisions with the idea in mind that you can improve upon it later. Nothing is perfect, so see if you can make a series of small experimental decisions rather than one big leap. It’s sometimes important not to begin full force, and instead build up to where you want to be. Always assess your process and progress and see if you need to make changes or go in another direction.

 

 

What’s Next?

If you’re having some trouble with your analysis paralysis, I suggest writing down these five tips in your planner, notebook or on a post-it. When you’re having to make a decision or feel that you’re not making progress towards a goal, take a look at them.

See what you can focus your energy on to change your process and begin to take action instead.

These tips were only about half of episode 043: Analysis Paralysis – Stop Overthinking Your Goals, so listen now if you’d like more examples and advice!

I also suggest listening to episode 031 on cultivating good habits and 035 on creating automations. I can promise you that with the tips from those episodes too, you’ll be well on your way to overcoming analysis paralysis!

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Tonya Dalton
Tonya Dalton