The overthinking pain

We’re constantly complicating every single part of our lives. And that reflects on the actions that we take on a daily basis.

I am becoming a more and more experienced writer. Not a good writer. The point is that i was a very bad writer five years ago. I was the kind of writer that thinks he could eventually write good stuff but ends up spending hours and hours in front of a two paragraph blog post or e-mail, only to eventually discover that is too late to send or publish. :) It’s funny, i know. And why? Because I was constantly thinking it was not good enough. Of course, that happened without any input or feedback from none of my recipients. I had this constant thought that what I say/write/express could be done better. I was challenging every part of my writings to become “perfect”. So every time I had to write something the message I wanted to deliver lost its essence for the simple fact that too much thought was being put inside of it. And that made me a bad writer.

Then, when I started to build products and to design processes, I noticed that the same problem appeared. And that freaked me out. I knew I was probably smart enough not to under-think stuff, so the issue was that I involuntarily over-”thought” them. And it’s a big pain. However, as any major self induced bad habit, it could be solved if you started pushing yourself. And that’s what i did. It’s like waking up in the morning. Initially it’s a pain, but when you start analyzing it and push yourself every day, a new habit emerges and waking up in the morning becomes a delight.

Anyway, that freaked me out. And the more freaked out I became, the more I started to realize that it’s a huge connection between the product development process and the way I was deeply analyzing everything I had to do in my daily routine work. That had to stop. So I started to push myself.

So life became much better. No more over thinking meant releasing more often, meant that people stopped waiting and that feedback came quickly than ever. I started to just send that email. Just publish that article/paper/post. Just launch that product. Just cut-down that feature, that feature list, that process. Just do things the way you naturally tend to do them and then see what happens or be concerned about the results. Then improve. And if you do it enough times, you’ll automatically start getting things right and a new habit will emerge. It’s a great way to become better so that you can reach that level of self satisfaction you’re instinctively trying to reach.

So if any of you guys is like me, stop over-thinking stuff. It only helps you on loosing more time and people won’t notice it. Frustration will occur and deadlines will be lost.