The details of projects and tasks can overwhelm even the most tenacious of people. When undertaking any new or big endeavor, it’s part of the process to hit a stall,  but too often that stall turns into a longer delay than you want, and even turns into a dead end. 

But that dead end should always have a way around. When we get stuck, we need more information in order to make an intelligent decision. Problem is, thinking too much causes paralysis analysis. We’re unsure which way to turn, and, like a deer in the headlights, we do nothing.  Result… procrastination.

Here are a few easy ways out of analysis paralysis. 

1)      Call a trusted friend, coach, or adviser and talk it through. The mere process of talking over  where you’ve been, where you’re going and where you’re stuck will make the answer to you crystal clear. How many times did you come to the conclusion that you knew your answer all along when you talked something through?

2)      Take one step that will lead you in the right direction. When we do nothing, that turns into inertia, worry and beating oneself up. Taking just one step illuminates the next step, and on and on.

3)      Don’t worry about it being the “right “ step. What’s so great about our lives is the ability to hit the “do over” button.  I’ve done it plenty myself with relationships, travel plans, business projects and that new outfit that I thought looked wonderful on me in the store. It’s OK to not get it right the first time, but taking some action will lead you to what is really right for you.

4)      Remember to make a decision in alignment with what brings you joy. With everyone shouting at us these days that their solution is the best, it’s easy to jump on board when your heart really isn’t in it. Instead, ask yourself if taking a considered action will make you happy or bring you stress. If it’s the latter, you’re likely to not finish what you started.

I hope these tips get you moving in the right direction, let me know!

I would love to hear how you get yourself unstuck when procrastination set in?

Jane Morrison, Executive Coach and Business Development expert, teaches others how to thrive putting their passion and purpose out into the world. Sign up for her newsletter at