If you have too many items on your to-do list and don’t know where to begin, try these 3 routes to fight “Analysis Paralysis”:
- Get up from your desk, and walk around – either fill your water bottle, go for a coffee/tea, or just go somewhere, may be even just a short walk. The task that needs more importance will automatically float to the top of your mind like magic, and will stick to your mind sometimes asking you ‘why is it not done yet?’. Pick that task to go with first.
- Try the 80/20. Which task, if done, reduces 80% of your burden with 20% of the efforts. Start with that task.
- Big things first – eat that frog. Some people work the opposite way: small things that take less than 2 – 5 minutes to do gets done first. Choose whichever works for you.
A close cousin to these techniques is just pick anything that you have been analyzing too much, and ‘act’ on it for 2 straight minutes. Don’t think. Just do. This 2-minute work propels, and snowballs (more often than not) into multiple 2-minute installments and voila, you’d have accomplished a huge chunk of that task.
Cheers and good luck!