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Decision paralysis and procrastination

Why do I have decision paralysis? Why do I procrastinate? Maybe they are related.

Decision paralysis comes from over-analysing a decision. Unless there's a tight deadline, murphy's law of analysing a decision until there's no time left applies.

Similarly with procrastination. If you are allowed to procrastinate, you will. You wait until the last possible moment to do something.

People gripped with decision paralysis procrastinate committing themselves to a course of action. By not making a decision, you think you have lots of choices open. Wrong! It's an illusion.

Until you commit yourself and close off all other options, you're stuck in the land of endless possibilities. Procrastinating only postpones the future.

16 February 2002 Saturday