“Don’t Overthink It” or maybe it was the Campari

Thinking about what to write in March, I decided to share something of a very personal nature…

Don't Overthink It... a writer's desk

I struggle with decision-making. I over-think, over-analyze, and second-guess everything – small and large. I know I’m not unique. However, I would gladly separate myself from the rest of the over-thinking pack if only I knew how.

On March 6, I learned about a new book from the lifestyle blog The Simply Luxurious Life.   The title is Don’t Overthink It by Anne Bogel, published March 3, 2020.

The title caught my eye and I was curious to know more. I downloaded a sample from Amazon to read on my iPad; then I purchased the Kindle format. I read the 224-pages in one sitting. I saw something of myself in all of the chapters. I realized how much precious time I waste on overthinking, over-analyzing, and second-guessing everything – from Should I purchase ballet tickets in Row G, Seats 2 and 4, or Row H, Seats 2 and 4, since they’re both available? to Do I really need to buy these flowers? to What shall I do with the rest of my life? It’s a chronic state of being known as “analysis paralysis”, trying to be perfect and afraid not to be. And I hate it.

When I finished reading the book five hours later, I reviewed the list I had made four months ago of decisions I need to make, now that I’m on my own. I picked one decision; one I could make on a Saturday without help from an outside source. I fixed a Campari with bitters over ice. I took action. The decision: reorganize one closet with Bill’s clothes and stay with it until finished.

Maybe it was the book, maybe it was the Campari

At the end of the day when I had completed sorting out the contents of one closet, what was going to be a long and solitary weekend turned out to be a rather uplifting and productive one. Perhaps I made a mistake or two and my closet sorting wasn’t total perfectionism, but at least I did something. I went from analysis paralysis to taking action. It felt good. And I’m not going to second-guess the choices I made. I think.

If any of what I’ve written strikes a chord with you, do check out Don’t Overthink It. And please leave me a comment… should you decide to.
Best, Sandra

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7 thoughts on ““Don’t Overthink It” or maybe it was the Campari

  1. Sandra, I can relate to the “analysis paralysis” and second-guessing! We perfectionists sure know how to torture ourselves. You sold me. The book is on my must read list.

  2. Valuable insight, no question. I certainly can apply this to my life right now! Thank you. I will check out the book which inspired you to take on that very difficult task. Got ‘er done, yeehaa!

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