How to Stop Overanalyzing and Get Things Done

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Overanalyzing is a destructive habit of worrying too much and overcomplicating things. It’s often caused by negative thinking, and that can lead to procrastination.

People overwhelm themselves with worries about past decisions, tasks, or the future. As a result, this prevents them from taking action, and they remain stuck on what might happen, this is known as “analysis paralysis”.

Girl  over-analyzing her work.
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Even highly intelligent people overanalyze things and make simple tasks much more challenging.

Dwelling on what could go wrong will drain your energy, steal your ambition, and can even make you sick.

Do you have any of these overanalyzing symptoms?

  • Assuming the worst
  • Depression or anxiety
  • Catastrophizing or blowing things out of proportion
  • Worrying about what others think of you
  • Headaches, aching muscles, and joints
  • People pleasing
  • Self-doubt
  • Fear of failing

While it’s good to reflect on life, dwelling on horrible possibilities can be debilitating. Not to mention, the more you fixate on these events, the more they’ll reappear in your mind.

But you don’t need to ruin your mental health by agonizing over everything.

So, read on to find out how to stop overanalyzing and start living a more carefree life.

1. Put an end to overanalyzing your past mistakes

Put an end to overanalyzing your past mistakes.
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If you keep rehashing what you did in the past, you’ll sabotage your goals. Furthermore, studies show that dwelling on your failures can destroy your mental well-being. Those mistakes are behind you, therefore it’s best to let go of them So, think about what caused these problems and how you can avoid them in the future.

2. Eliminate overanalyzing what you can’t control

Eliminate overanalyzing what you can't control.
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There are things that you don’t have the power to change, so it doesn’t make sense to waste time overanalyzing them. Furthermore, it’s unhealthy to attempt to control anything other than yourself.

So, don’t stress about what others think or do. Moreover, it won’t change anything.

The best thing you can do is to let go of this habit of wanting to control other people or situations. So, allow people to live their life on their own.

3. Change your opinion of the task or situation

Man who stopped overanalyzing.
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If you’re intimidated or stressed about what you need to do, it’s helpful to change how you perceive the task. Think of it as an opportunity to learn new things and build skills. Or you can encourage yourself by imagining the project is successful and that it was easy.

4. Stop the perfectionism

Avoiding overanalyzing.
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Definitely, avoid thinking everything you do has to be perfect or you’ll hold yourself back from starting anything. Perfectionism causes people to stress out about every step of a project. Thus, making the task take much longer than it should.

So, don’t torment yourself about reaching the perfect result. Instead, focus on doing your best and accepting the outcome. If you fail, learn why and how to solve that problem next time.

5. List your successes

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Photo by Vlada Karpovich from Pexels

Encourage yourself by writing down your successes, regardless of their size. Even small wins lead to major achievements! Success is taking daily steps in the right direction. You might trip and fall on some of them, but that’s normal. Nevertheless, always get back up and keep going.

6. Gain awareness of your thoughts

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Photo by cottonbro from Pexels

It’s a valuable skill to be conscious of your thoughts, rather than letting them run rampant. Take a moment and listen to all the chatter going on in your mind. Don’t let discouraging words take you down and ruin your day. Fix those issues, don’t let them drag on forever.

7. Get out of overanalyzing get into the zone

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Photo by Oleg Magni from Pexels

If you’re in the zone, it’s almost impossible to overthink things. That’s because when you get into the flow state of mind, you’re actively engaged in a task and you shift from analyzing to taking action. So, you aren’t worried about the outcome, stress, or your abilities. In the flow state, you let go of all self-consciousness and you’re having fun working on your craft.

How to get into flow:

  • Set a timer to focus solely on that one task. Start small and build up from there.
  • Start on the activity.
  • Eliminate all distractions and only focus on your task.
  • Don’t worry about the result of your work.
  • Listen to a playlist of your favorite songs.
  • Act like you’re having a great time (even if you aren’t)

In the flow state, you lose all awareness of time, and your creative energy soars.

8. Get out of your head by taking a break

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Photo by Lukas Hartmann from Pexels

If you keep spinning your wheels, take a quick break. Besides, marinating in nonsense doesn’t inspire taking action. So, refresh your mind by doing something fun! This will break the endless troubling thoughts so you can be productive when you get back to work. For instance, you could sit outside, exercise, or work on your favorite hobby.

Then get started on your task immediately before you have a chance to overanalyze anything.

9. Talk about it

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Photo by Karolina Grabowska from Pexels

It can help to tell someone about how you’re feeling. They might make you realize that what you’re obsessing about is irrational. Furthermore, they can encourage you to get started.

10. Stop overanalyzing the ideal time to start

Stop overanalyzing about the ideal time to start.
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There is no perfect scenario to get started on your goals, you just need to begin on them, no matter what chaos is happening.

Do you tell yourself these excuses?

  • “I’ll start working towards my goal someday when I’m less stressed.”
  • “I don’t have the time.”
  • “I’ve got a problem that blocks me from doing that.”

Life will never be free from stress or distractions for you to carry out your goals. So, you need to get to work despite the craziness.

11. Don’t justify why you aren’t working on your goals

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Photo by cottonbro from Pexels

No matter what financial, mental, physical, or social problems you have, it’s no reason to give up on your dreams. So, don’t make excuses for why you can’t accomplish your goals. Strive to never think of why you can’t do something and make it a point to think of how you can and will achieve it!

Man not over-analyzing.
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In short, overanalyzing things will only slow you down or possibly bring your progress to a halt. In other words, avoid overthinking every step to reach your goals or you might give up on them.

Know what you need to do and do it. There’s no need to obsess about everything.

Think about encouraging things, and be grateful for all you have right now. If you wait for the perfect time to start working, then it may never happen. So, give yourself a countdown and then get to work no matter what. Taking action is the best way to get your mind back on what’s important.

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About Author

Hi, I'm Sheryl Barnes the writer here at Motivated Progress. I write about productivity, goals, psychology of the mind, and ways to enhance your inner self.

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