In all the personal development literature, probably the hottest and most read category is productivity – specifically about finding ways to deal with procrastination and getting things done.
This week I came across an excellent article written by Carolyn Rubenstein of A Beautiful Ripple Effect about ways of getting more done. Make sure to visit her site as there are more top class articles and excellent advice to be found there. Carolyn is also the author of Perseverance – True voices of cancer survivors.
The article was split in a two post series which I would like to summarize here for your info.
Carolyn starts by explaining how one of the main reasons of having our work flow blocked or even procrastinate about starting is because we get engulfed in a mind pattern sometimes referred to as the ‘Analysis-paralysis’. This state is when we get overwhelmed by the details or by the weight of projects and deadlines looming in our brains.
This is where we get debilitated. We get detached from the flow process and the more we struggle the deeper we whirl in the analysis-paralysis mind trap. Cheer up though cause there are also really effective ways of steering away from these self-limiting patterns. I would like to list them down in point form for you here:
Pt #1 – Weakening the analysis paralysis
1. Change your perspective: More often than not, getting stuck in a rut is more an issue about our internal perspective rather than an external obstacle that we face. The mind sometimes gets in a loop while trying to solve a problem and hence we end up spinning wheels. Carolyn suggests taking a wider, different view of the issue. It’s like having your nose stuck to a painting & you’re only seeing certain details. You move back you see the whole painting afresh. Very important. See the problem from a different angle and question whether your expectations are realistic or overshot. If not try to realign them to middle ground.
2. Engage your right-brain: Now this is a point I totally liked. Being a right-brainer myself, I could fully dig into it. Analysis is the domain of the left-hemisphere of the brain. It’s linear, logical analysis while the right-brain is more intuitive, synthesizing ideas and joining the dots in a larger picture. And yes, it is more creative. When you get stuck in analysis-paralysis, you have to switch activity from left to right and stop what you’re doing to engage in more playful & creative tasks such as brainstorming & mind-mapping ideas on a whiteboard with colourful markers (something I love and really works for me!!!), drawing for a few minutes with crayons or pastels or jot down some fun & crazy ideas.
3. Move that body!: Simple, amazing & can only take a few seconds. Just move away from your chair and do any movement and exercise – stretch, jumping on the spot, aerobics, Tai Chi, walk, etc. Moving the body is like a portal to a more relaxed, aware and clear state of mind. This is why you feel that sense of well being after a walk or a run. That is also why people get entranced by dancing or moving their bodies to a rhythm. (more…)