Everyone’s favourite procrastination patterns (4)

Paralysis by analysis

This is another favourite of many people.

You are taking on a goal/task/project. Before you begin, you start to analyse what and how it needs to be done. This is good, as it is necessary to plan a project through step by step.

However, while analysing, you start to convince yourself that this has to be done the ‘right’ way. And until you’ve identified that way, it’s no use getting started. You might only have to undo some of what you’ve done already.

You are reluctant to commit to any course of action without more analysis. And the more you analyse, the more potential risks you identify, which need more analysis. This zero risk approach leads to complete paralysis, and nothing happens with the project at all.

Sounds familiar?

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