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Are you more comfortable thinking about what you’re going to do and planning to the enth degree, rather than actually doing it?

My friend Tina is like that. She would spend an eternity thinking and planning, instead of actually doing.

It’s gotten to the point where she’s earned the nickname, “Tina the Thinker”.

Not that there’s anything wrong with thinking things through to avoid making a major mistake, but Tina takes it to new heights.

She’s always overanalysing. She says she does this because she doesn’t want to make the wrong decision and fail.

This fear of failure stops her from doing what needs to be done to be productive and progress. So, she ends up procrastinating and being unproductive.

Does Tina the Thinker remind you of anyone you know?

Are you guilty of overthinking and overanalysing so much that you hardly get things done?

This behaviour is because of the #1 illness most students suffer from called… “Analysis Paralysis” (‘AP’).

AP is an overwhelming fear of making wrong decisions. This fear is so crippling that students spend so much time thinking and analysing that procrastination prevails and decisions are diverted/delayed.

AP usually happens when there’s an abundance of information or options to absorb or choose from. I know this can be a regular occurrence as a student when decisions need to be made, like:

  • What topics should I focus on first?
  • How much information do I need to read and remember?
  • When should I begin studying for my exams?
  • Should I include this in my essay?
  • Do I need to go out and party or study this weekend?

You can become more decisive and overcome AP by reducing the amount of information or options you have (when possible).

This will increase your ability to decide without taking an eternity to think and analyse for fear of making a choice that leads to failure.

It also helps to realise that fear of failure shouldn’t stop you from living your life.

Failure teaches us to do better/differently in the future.

Therefore, instead of being afraid and constantly suffering from AP which induces anxiety, stress and overwhelm, recover from this illness and be more decisive.

As the late, great, educator Marva Collins said,

Success doesn’t come to you, you go to it.

You can’t ‘go to success’ if you’re stagnant and indecisive.

So, stop suffering from Analysis Paralysis!

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To correctly diagnose and inhibit this illness, it helps if you can spot the signs of AP, like:

  • Information overload: This occurs when you spend ages researching a million resources, and then not implementing any of the information.
  • Constantly multi-tasking: Have you ever been so busy working on more than one task, that you don’t complete any of them? This is a classic example of what someone does who’s suffering from AP.
  • Abundant indecisiveness: You struggle to make a final decision, even if your life depended on it. It’s kind of like that annoying, indecisive character, Chidi, from that TV show, The Good Place.
  • Surfing the internet on your devices: One way to ensure you don’t make a decision is to pretend that a decision doesn’t have to be made at all. You can avoid decision-making like the plague by procrastinating on your device.
  • Difficulty dealing with important assignments/projects: If you hate dealing with important assignments/projects and can’t quite break them down into more manageable bites, then you may be suffering from AP.

Now that you can spot the signs of AP, are you guilty of any of them?

If you are, don’t worry.

There is a cure for this AP illness.

BONUS READ: How to Conquer Your Fear of Failure So you Can Slay Your Studies

Although it won’t happen overnight, you can inhibit this illness and make fear of failure a thing of the past.  Here’s how…

  1. Delete device distractions: Your devices are made to help make your life easier. However, they can also be the root of all evil when it comes to distractions. Distractions cause procrastination and unproductivity. So, avoid AP and delete/remove your distractions and get on with your life.
  2. Settle for small steps: One small step at a time may seem insignificant, but don’t be too hard on yourself. A single step is progress towards your goals. So, take it low and steady, one day at a time. Before you know it, you’ll have cured your AP and won the race to achieving your goals and living your dreams.
  1. Prioritise what’s important: As students, everything can seem important. Despite this, you need to prioritise otherwise you’re likely to be hit by the AP bug. The best way to overcome AP is to focus and prioritise on 1-3 important things you want to accomplish daily. If you have an upcoming exam on Monday, that you need to prepare for, don’t wait until midnight on Sunday to crack a textbook open.
  1. Remember your “why”: Why did you start studying? Whatever it is that caused you to start, keep a constant reminder of this available. This will motivate you to keep focussed and keep going.
  1. Reduce your decisions: If you have fewer decisions to make, then you reduce the risk of suffering from AP. If you schedule doing certain tasks/chores only on certain days, then you’ll have fewer things to think about and less to get done daily. This decreases your stress levels and the possibility of AP.

Final Thoughts

By applying the above actions it is possible for you to cure the #1 illness most students suffer from.

Overcoming your analysis paralysis is a good sign that you’re defeating your fear of failure.

Now that you know what the #1 illness most students suffer from is, you’re well on your way to being a super successful student.

Good luck in achieving your goals and living your dreams!

Finally, if you want to get ahead and have an advantage over your peers, then I think you’ll benefit from my free 6-day email course. In it, you’ll learn the 6 skills every student needs to survive and thrive.

I would love to help as many students as possible, so I would appreciate if you shared this sign up link with any students/learners you know or post it to your social media and any Whatsapp or Facebook groups you’re part of.

You can also get help to overcome analysis paralysis and get ahead by downloading the FREE ebook on…

“How to Stop Wasting Time Scrolling on Your Phone and Surfing the Internet”

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