How I Stopped Overthinking Every Decision

How the 10–10–10 method helps you make faster decisions.

Benjamin Watkins

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Photo by Joshua Earle on Unsplash

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.

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.

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