This Week in Positive Change Management: How to Stop Paralysis of Analysis

Stop Paralysis Analysis

Paralysis of analysis happens to everyone. We think about things too much and all of a sudden they snowball overwhelming us. Your original thought which was derived from good intentions became unmanageable. We’ve all been there. Here are my 3 tips for breaking free from paralysis of analysis.

Break the big goal into many smaller parts.

Paralysis of analysis is usually due to thinking too much about everything. To combat this arresting of thought, you must go from the general to the specific. This requires using a filter to whittle down the number of ideas swirling around in your head. Instead of doing 5 things at once, do 1 thing 5 separate times. Once you centralize your focus on one specific part, the paralysis stops and you can restart again.

Pick one small part and start working on it.

Working on one small part lets you generate small wins. These small victories bolster your confidence and builds your momentum. Using the 5 parts as an example, if you complete 1 of the 5 parts that equals 20% progress. Each completion puts you closer towards your 100% goal.

Celebrate the small wins to sustain momentum.

Once you’re done, take time out to celebrate your win. Focus on the present and not the future. Rather than loathing that you aren’t at 100% yet, acknowledge that the 20% that you’ve completed has put you closer towards your goal.

Implementing these three tips propel you further along towards accomplishing your overall goal and demolishing paralysis of analysis.