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Paralysis by Analysis: How to Avoid It

Now that I’m out on my own, I usually have at least a few hours a day to brainstorm on what I’d like to accomplish in the near future. After putting my hours in at my part time job and wrapping up my writing gigs for the day, I’m often left with one thought: What should I do next? There’s a myriad of possibilities for an answer. I could go out and enjoy the sunshine, toss on the Wii and finally beat  Twilight Princess, work on my site portfolio, and of course often times I simply like to sit down and brainstorm for new business ideas.

Unfortunately what happens to be sometimes is that I get paralyzed by the power of choice. Thinking that I’ll feel guilty if I take a break and play a game or that I don’t really feel like adding new content to one of my sites, I’ll kind of mill around in productivity purgatory. I’ll read some entrepreneurship related blogs, halfheartedly note some new business ideas, check my adsense for the day and so on. Afterwards I’ll feel like I hit things with a scattershot but didn’t make much in the way of real, hard progress.

The best way to avoid this is simply to sit down and start doing. I know that I don’t feel like exercising, but I also realize that getting my workout now means I feel a whole lot better later. Hunkering down and adding quality content to my sites will provide much more satisfaction than daydreaming or milling around various blogs with no real focus. Having the discipline to power through these lulls in focus and penetrate the haze of indecision will get you to where you want to be that much faster.

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