Start taking action and overcome the perfectionist procrastinator tendency to just always be seeking one more piece of information. Not only will you be able to accomplish some things, you will have fewer pieces in your paper piles.
Perfectionism can lead us to look busy but never really get anywhere. It is easy to think we are productive when loads of information is the result of our efforts, but really it’s just busy work.
It isn’t possible to know everything and taking action itself can inform what kind of information we are still missing in order to get it done. So then we will know what to research.
Fear might be another culprit. What are you afraid might happen if you start acting without first gathering every bit of available information and opinion about the thing you are working on? Will children die? Will you get to write a follow-up piece?
Piles of good intentions are probably lingering around your office if you are just waiting for the right… something before you do the project. It could be money, time or information. I sometimes put off writing a blog post until I can find just the right phrase to make it all come together. Wonder if I’ve found it this week?
Spending hours looking and trying apps to gain control of your time is also a waste of time. Without an understanding of your relationship to time and how you behave, it is almost impossible to pick the right app. Also, you have to be willing to use the app, and that requires taking action. See how that works?
Have you been through every free training on the internet, and still not gotten organized, or started your business, or launched the next product or production?
People who like to learn sometimes forget to turn off the learning and start taking the actions prescribed in the training. I hear things like “I just want to see if there is an easier way” or “ I want to see what so and so has to say about it first.”
Really this is more of an “I’m afraid to spend money on the training that has all the steps laid out, so I will piece it together for free, but I don’t really know when I’m done, because I haven’t taken any action yet” situation.
All these hesitations keep you out of action and in busy mode accumulating piles of stuff that is now in your way.
A different approach and one that I have been sharing with my clients lately is to limit the number of sources you will consult before starting. Taking action with the combined knowledge of 3 sources and then only seeking more advice if something doesn’t work is a nice easy way to keep from spinning in a sea of other options.
The speed of knowledge these days is so fast that you will never be perfect in the execution of an idea. Real knowledge comes from the mistakes, the immersion and the muscle memory of actually taking action.
Step away from the computer and leave the coffee shop in the bookstore. Go do you thing. Let me know how it goes.