Have you ever started researching a project only to get overwhelmed by all of the details, options, and choices? I know I have.
I like knowing all of the details before I start a project and I tend to put quite a bit of effort into planning things, so much so that sometimes I don’t start when I planned to.
This trap is called paralysis by analysis and it can be solved with just three little words:
Just Get Started
You don’t have to eliminate the planning process. The plan is still the most important part of any project, but once you get a rough outline of what you need to accomplish, get started on it.
Then as the project progresses you keep filling in the details and making choices and decisions along the way.
This can be a huge time and money savings method so that you can almost totally avoid having to rework something in your project because you couldn’t foresee certain details that only reveal themselves at each phase of the project.
Other times it’s just more fun and educational to learn as you go; you don’t need to know need to all of the fine details before you start to get the outcome you want and a lot of the time, experience is the best teacher.
So next time you’re looking at all the fine details and are starting to get overwhelmed, just get started.
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