How are you when it comes to decision making? Do you spend a long time thinking over every single thing? Do you feel the need to analyze every option? Do you sometimes miss perfectly good opportunities or waste time due to your meticulousness?
If so, congratulations — you “suffer” from analysis paralysis. Analysis paralysis is the state of over-thinking about a decision to the point that a choice never gets made, thereby creating inaction. 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 compelled to pick the “right” choice, thereby delaying any decision until he/she does due research
- feels a deep fear of making a wrong move, hence stalling any decision making to prevent the wrong choice from being made
… all in all, not able to decide at all.
My Experience with Analysis Paralysis
Even though I’m good at making big life decisions quickly (I share my frameworks for making long-term life decisions here), up until recently I sucked at making simple, daily decisions.
- Once I was buying a hard disk. Buying a hard disk should be pretty straightforward isn’t it? Well no — the hard disks came in so many variants that I couldn’t make up my mind!
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