I don’t know about you, but I tend to analyze things. A lot. It’s part of the process to think things over and mull them (a lot) in my mind before I take action or move to the next step. And while that can be a good trait to think things through, it can also be really debilitating. In fact, this very post is something that pushes me a bit out of my comfort zone… of all the things I’ve posted in the last few weeks, this is the only one I had to reschedule (and reschedule…and reschedule) because the topic itself stopped me in my tracks. Even this post about overthinking made me overthink things.
The funny thing about that is that I should have a LOT to say about this.. because I can analyze anything, everything and twice on Tuesdays.
Recently, I acquired a new boss in my day job when the company I work for was acquired by a larger company. (Which, by the way, is going amazingly well. I’ve been through acquisitions in the past that did not… this is so far from those experiences, I can’t say it enough. Color me relieved and grateful.) Anyway, my new boss said something that really made me think. Done is better than perfect.
Not an earth-shattering statement, yes, I know. And there are images galore with this very phrase – it took me about 2 Google seconds to find them. But it was very relevant to me in the moment as I took on new roles at my job and had to learn to let go of old ones to get things done. I was able to hire resources to take on some of the work, so I could focus more on strategy and dig deeper into efforts. But that meant giving away work I enjoyed doing. It has since been filled by other aspects of my job that I also love doing, ones I didn’t have time to do before.
It’s made me realize that often times when you let go of one small piece that you cling to for all its worth, you open up the possibilities of what else could be.
It seems to be a theme for me this year. There are a LOT of “what else could be’s” that I’m starting to embrace.
I just have to stop the tendency to overthink and over-analyze, as I have done with this post, mind you. I have now moved it on my schedule at least 5 times. I have officially overthunk the overthinking post. So let’s queue the memes and call it a day.
And of course, the good ol’ standby:
Feel free to take a meme. If it takes you more than 2 seconds to decide which one you like best, Welcome to Overthunking Overthinkers ‘R Us. 🙂
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