How to Get Things Done When you are Overwhelmed with Ideas and Options
Do you find that you’re always full of ideas, but you find yourself getting stuck and feeling unable to move forward with any of them?
This can be a paralyzing feeling, especially when you feel like you have so many excellent ideas, but you’re not sure which ones to take action on.
It isn’t that you lack innovation, or even that you lack the motivation to make a decision. The problem is that you lack the tools you need for effective execution.
Technology has become so advanced that you often have a multitude of ways to carry out your ideas. In those situations, it’s easy to find yourself stuck, which is a phenomenon known as analysis paralysis.
People who suffer from analysis paralysis are generally guilty of over-thinking their problems. They constantly analyze their situations to the point where they just are not capable of making a decision to solve the issues they’re presented with.
In actuality, they find themselves in a never-ending quest for the perfect answers to their problems. However, they’re not sure how to recognize the perfect answers when they see them, or even how to act upon them when they discover them.
Of course, this inability to act typically has its consequences; one of the most obvious ones being that the individual generally suffers some type of loss from the lack of action.
Excellent examples of this are investors who over-analyze their stock options, or patients who struggle with making critical, life or death healthcare decisions.
Fortunately, there is a solution that acts as a type of focus booster for even the most immovable person.
This solution involves three easy steps that work to get ideas moving along toward an actual solution to the problem.
Step #1: Organization
The very first step is to have a plan of attack, which begins with organization.
When your mind is full of ideas, it can be difficult to differentiate one from another. As more and more ideas take hold, this is when the inability to make decisions and formulate plans begins to set in, causing you to feel stuck, and unable to make a decision.
Organization can be an incredible focus booster, as long as it’s done the right way. It’s important for you to get the information down on paper because this allows your brain to have the ability to digest the information properly.
Ideas can be set to the side, or put into a folder for later reference. The key is to get them down on paper, especially when your brain is like a shotgun, shooting off ideas on a constant basis.
Step #2: Prioritization
Once the ideas are written down, your brain is much more capable of processing the ideas because they are presented in a tangible way. The second step that serves as a focus booster is prioritization. This can be handled in a variety of ways, however it might be easiest to begin with a process of elimination.
Sometimes it works best to get rid of the ideas that are not quite as useful at that particular moment. This allows your brain to identify and focus on the ideas that are useful much more quickly.
Any unnecessary ideas should not be discarded, and can be set aside, or placed on another list for access in the future.
Step #3: Focus
When working with a multitude of ideas, finding your focus is often very difficult. However, once the list has been narrowed down, that narrowed down list becomes a focus booster in and of itself.
This step is actually focusing on the remaining list of ideas to find the solution to the problem. The best way to do this is to follow the example set forth by Albert Einstein, who believed in accomplishing more by doing less.
Even though organization and prioritization are very helpful, the remaining ideas might still be a bit overwhelming. If that is the case, it’s helpful to break the task down even further into smaller pieces. You should aim to reach these small goals, whereby each achievement is a victory. Over time, these victories add up, resulting in an eventual obvious solution to the problem. The result is the elimination of analysis paralysis for that particular task.
Unfortunately, society believes that there is great strength in an individual who excels at multitasking. You may have even listed multitasking as one of your strengths on a job application in the past.
Following Einstein’s theory, multitasking is actually not very beneficial at all. He believed that in order to effect change, make decisions, and get the most work accomplished, it is essential to be 100% focused on one task at a time. This incredible amount of intensity, when applied correctly, is a great focus booster, resulting in the achievement of many small tasks. Those small tasks, of course, result in overall success.
Less can be more when the focus is on step by step success.
When you’re a great thinker with a plentiful supply of fantastic ideas, it’s easy to see how you might suffer from analysis paralysis. Even so, this lack of movement only serves to suffocate innovation. Once you implement the above three steps to organize your thoughts, prioritize your ideas and then focus on finding the solution to your problem step by step, you’ll find it to be the ultimate focus booster.
These steps will effectively give you the tools you need to increase your level of productivity, improve your concentration, and not get overwhelmed again with ideas and options.
Is your brain like a shotgun, shooting off ideas on a constant basis? Do you feel a need to analyze every single option or over evaluating things, you end up accomplishing nothing at all? Share a personal experience in the comments below.
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