For those of you who feel alienated from the title or to those of you who in between the process to figure out if the topic is even worth indulging into or is this just a fancy term used so that people might click into it. If so, this term simply means the state of over-thinking or over analyzing a given situation which leads to paralysis of the outcome as no decision or action is taken. From here on, you decide what do you want to do.
To those of you who made it to this very line, welcome back after a long long time. It feels good talking with you. Now, let’s dive into analysis paralysis; a disease that has infected many of us. While some of us recover from it, some of us have to battle with it every single day and some of us have been anchored down by this. And, this form of paralysis does not limit itself to thinking, it extends to areas such as planning, strategizing, executing and many more. This artisode is divided into two parts: the first part focuses on discussing and learning about analysis paralysis and the second part sheds light on the solution to be free from this paralysis.
Has there at any point in your life where you have escalated things just by thinking? Any case of thinking from every angle or what will happen in every scenario even before it has happened? Any case of anxiety or impatience caused by this way of thinking? I believe we all have been through this at least once if not more. Correct me I am wrong. And this, this very thing, is analysis paralysis. A situation where we tend to think so much that we paralyze ourselves from taking any decision or action. More often than not we indulge ourselves in thinking, ‘What might happen’? and because we are there all by ourselves and our alter ego as our company and all that we hear is ourselves and this lack of audit for the problem leads to thinking over and over again keeping multiple scenarios at play, scenarios that at times may not even exist. We often tend to push ourselves so much so that we tend to forget to remind ourselves that it’s alright to wander off, it’s alright to not know the answer; we can’t always be 100% sure of anything and it’s alright to embrace the unknown.
I get it, folks. We have always been taught to pay attention and try really hard to solve a problem, right? Well, sometimes doing so impedes our performance. Whoa, I can feel the gasp and sense the disapproval but, hear me out. I, too was and partially still am an over-thinker and I thought this would make me a bit more efficient. Well, looking at my own track record and after studying studies based on analysis paralysis, I can vouch that it certainly is not a healthy way of thinking. A study published in Journal of Abnormal Psychology has shown that being a true over-thinker will lead to mental health problems such as depression and anxiety and the reason for this is the rumination that takes place during the process of over-analyzing. I know, I know, again we have been told that reflecting or thinking deeply about our actions are good but even the sweetest thing becomes the most bitter by excess. While over-analyzing a particular situation at times may prove to be beneficial but incorporating it as a part of your life will lead you towards a downward spiral and same is the case with rumination. While reflecting back on your actions is good getting stuck pondering upon what could have happened or what you should have done will lead you nowhere so spending time on these things can prove to be wasteful if done excessively.
The second consequence is actually ironic as over-thinking will have an impact on your problem-solving skill. We tend to think that the more scenarios we bring into play the more easily we can solve the problem or at least have a higher probability rate to solve it, right? The answer sadly is ‘NO’. From personal experience, I can tell you that it will only make the problem seem larger and make you dwell more on your problem rather than looking for solutions. But, you may think, who’s this guy that I should even bother about? Don’t believe me, it’s alright but there are tons of studies at your disposal that concludes the same saying that over-thinking will only make the person rehearse their problems and even a simple decision like ‘what to wear’ could be a life or death situation; ring any bells? I, for one, think this comes naturally to us humans, observe from next time even in our everyday conversations we talk more about the problem rather than diving into discussing solutions after the problem has been well-discussed. We transform into spiders weaving a problem and bringing in another problem and weaving it to the discussion thread. Let’s observe and bring a change in all of us, shall we?
The third effect of this is a decrement in the quality of your sleep. If you are an over-thinker I bet you have been in one of those situations where you cannot shut your mind off as it is still reliving through the same problem you faced during the day or worse even a week ago. This constant worrying leads to few hours of sleep ultimately destroying the quality of your sleep which will then impact you the next day leaving you all grumpy, cranky, tired well, let’s just say ‘not on your best behavior’. While pulling an occasional all-nighter is alright to get to the bottom of your problem and solve it, but please I urge you not to go around pulling all-nighters five days a row in a week. The reason, you ask? After having explained the effects, it is an unnecessary question but since you asked the world needs more people like you – people who are willing to bring about change in their life hence being capable to help any others that need help in their journey.
The list for the negatives caused by analysis paralysis and the ways to overcome it goes on and on but it is up to you to figure out if you have the problem and seek the best-suited solution. But, as aforemntioend, there is a second part coming your way this Friday. The negatives briefed are based on both research and my personal experience. If you don’t trust me, again, it’s alright but the research has it all my friends. Have a look, if you will.
Anyways, that’s it from me now. As always, recommendations, suggestions, and criticisms are welcome. And, everyone here at gro would love to know if you have faced this and how have you overcome this hurdle or how are you planning to do it. Do share your experiences and learnings.
Till next time, have productive day folks.