Advertising
Advertising

8 Reasons You Should Not Always Overthink

8 Reasons You Should Not Always Overthink

The human mind likes to be engaged and aware. Actively it always wants to be put to action. However it is left for you to term if these actions are right for you or not. For many thinking may just be the solution to their problem, but in the real sense if not regulated in the right dose it could lead to their debacle.

1. It doesn’t heal the pain but extends the time-frame

“Some of the greatest battles will be fought within the silent chambers of your own soul.” – Ezra Taft Benson

Over-thinking is a slow and insidious killer. It is not an antidote rather it is a poison on its own. And how devastating the effects can be when it tears down your mental and physical balance. Through the experience so much is lost and the hole it leaves seems too deep to be filled. Rather than clearing the pathway for possibilities to come, it stretches you into a realm of impossibilities.

2. Not everything will always be under your control

“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.” – Alice Walker

Whether we like it or not, many things will not be under our control. We cannot even determine how good the weather will be in a week’s time, so why bother it? But for many they try to fight this notion and take charge with their thoughts. Painfully even these negative thoughts take them captive and exert its influence on them. Know that you cannot control everything, and you cannot determine possibilities or outcomes, you can only be prepared for them.

3. It shuts out solutions and focuses more on the problem

“Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason so few engage in it.” – Henry Ford

In many cases time and patience offers the best solutions we need. But if only we could wait and act on how to make these solutions happen. Overthinking doesn’t offer solutions, rather it deludes us from seeing that there is a way out and channeling our resources into making this way out.

4. It steals your positive energy

“Don’t think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It’s self-conscious, and anything self-conscious is lousy. You can’t try to do things. You simply must do things.” – Ray Bradbury

We have so much positive energy in faith, joy and, optimism, confidence and peace. Yet with overthinking you have these beautiful qualities robbed and replaced by fear, resentment, anger, worry and doubts. Negative energy will not offer a structure and the excitement to get you out of precarious situations.

5. It makes you less thankful

“Over thinking ruins moods and kills good vibes.” – SupaNova Slom

Truthfully no matter how bad a situation or your environment is, there is always something to be thankful for. Being thankful makes you realize what progress and beauty you still have in your world. Focusing on this provides happiness and gladness.

6. It bloats our insecurities

“We are dying from over thinking. We are slowly killing ourselves by thinking about everything. Think. Think. Think. You can never trust the human mind anyway. It’s a death trap.” – Anthony Hopkins

Insecurities that may have dwelt in the deepest ocean of our thoughts seem to emanate anytime we overthink. Our insecurities diminish and bruise our self worth.

7. It puts you in a cocoon of “what ifs”

“But he wasn’t really thinking properly. It was as if the thoughts were chasing each other round and round his head without managing to catch up with each other.” – Isabel Hoving, The Dream Merchant

What is in the past and is assumed is illusory and not real. Overthinking puts you in a vague world where you do not face the realities and true essence of life. Nothing is perfect we should know and in finding solace in improving our situation rather than dwelling in “what ifs” we take charge of our situations and find purposeful direction.

8. It doesn’t make you appreciate the moment

“The more you overthink the less you will understand.” – Habeeb Akande

The moment is the present and this we are all living in. No one needs to live in a tomorrow or in the past, but rather the moment. In the moment you can find pleasure, grace and awareness in the simple things of life. We can find strong emotions to become lords over our circumstances. Overthinking could rob us of the moment and deny us of the consistent certainties that we still have. Sometimes what could take us out of our dilemmas and worries is to experience a day at a time.

Featured photo credit: http://www.pixabay.com via pixabay.com

More by this author

Casey Imafidon

Specialized in motivation and personal growth, providing advice to make readers fulfilled and spurred on to achieve all that they desire in life.

8 Reasons Risk Takers Are More Likely To Be Successful 15 Signs Of Self-Absorbed People Master These 15 Skills for Success to Get Ahead in Your Career Follow This Simple Success Formula to Stop Feeling Stuck in Life 20 Signs You’re A Charming Person Though You Are Not Aware

Trending in Productivity

1 How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators 2 How to Power Nap for Maximum Benefits 3 How to Live up to Your Full Potential and Succeed in Life 4 Why To-Do Lists Don’t Work (And How to Change That) 5 8 Most Effective Games and Apps to Learn to Type Fast

Read Next

Advertising
Advertising
Advertising

Last Updated on September 16, 2019

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

Advertising

  • (1) Research
  • (2) Deciding the topic
  • (3) Creating the outline
  • (4) Drafting the content
  • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
  • (6) Revision
  • (7) etc.

Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

2. Change Your Environment

Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

Advertising

Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

Advertising

As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

6. Get a Buddy

Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

7. Tell Others About Your Goals

This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

Advertising

9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

Reality check:

I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

More About Procrastination

Featured photo credit: Malvestida Magazine via unsplash.com

Read Next