Trying to convince myself that overthinking isn’t a bad thing when I came upon this article.
As always, here is the TL:DR version.
- Put aside perfectionism. All-or-nothing thinking is faulty. Accounting for every possible outcome is impossible. Stay in the moment; make your decision with the information you have right now.
- Right-size the problem. Put things into perspective. When thinking about your situation, write a list of goals, priorities, or people whom your decision will impact. Next, apply the 10/10/10 test. How will you feel about your decision in 10 weeks, 10 months, and 10 years from now?
- Leverage the underestimated power of intuition. Intuition is a decision-making tool that works automatically and is faster than rational thought. Pairing intuition with analytical thinking helps you make better, faster, and more accurate decisions. “Listening to your gut” gives you more confidence in your choices than relying on intellect alone.
- Limit the drain of decision fatigue. Decision-making depletes your mental and emotional resources. Minimize the number of decisions you make by eliminating individual choices altogether. Create routines and rituals. Streamline workflows, delegate tasks, or remove yourself entirely from situations that someone else can handle.
- Construct creative constraints. Parkinson’s Law states that “work expands to the time we allow it.” Overthinking works the same way. If you give yourself a week to “think about it,” when you only need 1 hour, we’re wasting a lot of time and energy. Curve your overthinking by giving yourself a deadline by which you’ll make a choice. Add it to your calendar and stick to it.
Seems like practical advise. My biggest obstacle is perfectionism. Never really knowing when to stop fixing things.
What about you?