How I Stopped Overthinking Every Decision
How much time do you spend overthinking every decision?
For example, I’m a classic overthinker. I used to overthink what to post on social media, what articles to write, and how to spend my time.
Endless information makes decision-making incredibly hard. The world gives you endless opportunities, and you feel pressured to make a single decision from a thousand choices.
For the longest time, I felt that pressure. The inaction of indecisions made me lethargic. I was overthinking everything. Until I changed my thinking. I changed my mindset.
I came up with something I like to call parallel action.
What made you get up in the morning? What made you decide something in 5 seconds or less?
Whenever I’m stuck, I remind myself of 5 events in my life that I didn’t overthink.
- I didn’t overthink getting married
- I didn’t overthink going on a run
- I didn’t overthink writing an article every day
- I didn’t overthink posting on social media today
- I didn’t overthink choosing my favorite ice cream
I believe you have to remind yourself of why you take instantaneous action. You must remind yourself why you take action on the events in your life.
I do think some things require more thinking. Some decisions are not made instantaneously, like choosing what home to buy. But you also have to think, “how long should I spend on this decision?”
A question I like to ask is, does this decision require this much time and attention?
Use The 10–10–10 Method
The 10–10–10 method works like this:
- How will this decision affect me in 10 minutes?
- How will this decision affect me in 10 months?
- How will this decision affect me in 10 years?
You’re assessing your decision from different timeframes.