This article was originally published on Medium.com.
Analysis paralysis is a thing, right? Everyone likes to talk about it so let’s assume so.
But what about the people who DO ship? The people who are doing things and know they have more to do and more to give but feel another kind of barrier.
The kind that makes getting thoughts out into the world much harder than it seems. It’s not the analysis that’s holding them back but the actual process of getting it down on paper.
I find myself wanting to have that app on my phone that’s my go-to for when good ideas show up. I don’t want to lose it and I want to keep everything in one place so I can pop open this treasure trove of great ideas.
Okay cool. So now which app? Which of the millions of note-taking apps should I use that can help me making genius come to life?
I literally fight with myself over which app. Application paralysis.
Then, if I’m lucky to choose one (and God forbid it’s none of the fancy ones. Just the basic “Notes” for iPhone) and that idea comes I open the app and prepare to write.
I start to write. Then it looks stupid. Really stupid on that line in Notes.
Is it the app? Or is it the idea? Can I put this brilliant idea into the words it deserves, or was it better working it out in my head instead of trying to put it into this app?
Application paralysis. It’s a thing, I’m telling you.
I’m so busy thinking about how many amazing pieces of technology there are out there to house my ideas that I can’t even get my idea out efficiently because of the insane amount of effort and qualification this app had to go through to get to this point.
And now, I’m judging it. I’m judging this app for how it makes my idea look. Feel. In real life.
Apps are not real life. Important to note, but you see why this doesn’t help though.
Working from home, being an entrepreneur and being in your own head all. The. Time. These are just a few things that join Application Paralysis in the company of being obstacles of progress.
It’s not about making time to think, which of course is important but not the issue at hand. It’s about finding your perfect process of turning thoughts into plans that lead to action.
How do we think more efficiently and find greatness? Could there possibly be an app for that?
For now, I’ve resorted to the “Voice Memos” app as talking to myself — although weird — is better than the conversation staying in my head. Right?