The Overthink

Do you ever begin to write and find that the words simply do not come? The lack of words results in a lack of sentences and, without both, an ultimate lack of paragraphs. The combined create, at least for me, a sense of frustration. The answers are unique to each of us. What creates a writer’s block for me might be the prime motivator for you – or the reverse. Does this happen to you, too? Are you a victim of The Overthink?


The Overthink

The Overthink, Kyle Jones, HR to WhoI sometimes focus too much on too many details and simply loose myself in the totality of info. I simply fall victim to The Overthink. So, what is The Overthink? I describe it as follows:

The Overthink is the tendency to think too much about too many things at one time. This creates a sense of urgency for all and allows little to no prioritization. Tasks are not completed because the person cannot distinguish what should be first and what can be delayed.

An example of The Overthink is a writer who has 3, 5, 10, 20, or more partly finished but abandoned posts, articles, projects, etc. The writer becomes frustrated and attempts to create something new, but only gives power to the villain.


Origins of The Overthink

Let’s be honest. We all have personal and professional distractions that often distract us from our hobbies, projects, tasks, etc. Our failure to properly “deal with” these distractions plants the seeds of The Overthink.

The seeds can be planted by:

  • Depression
  • Poor diet
  • Lack of Exercise
  • Financial Stress
  • Personal Stress
  • Professional Stress

The Overthink, Kyle Jones


Fighting off The Overthink

Again, let’s be honest. The Overthink can attack us at any time; however, this productivity thief can actually be an ally.

Wait. What?!?!?


“Didn’t you just paint this imaginary character as a something negative?” My answer is, “yes, I did and this is why…The Overthink CAN BE YOUR ALLY.”

You see, making The Overthink become your ally is all about understanding cause and effect.  Many might see it as being a cause of lacked productivity – and that is true in some ways – but it is really the effect. The seeds that caused The Overthink to occur are the real problems.

Acknowledging The Overthink gives the opportunity to evaluate which of the seeds – or a combo of them – are the root. 

Correct the root and stop the effect.

Proof in the Post

This post is the proof of The Overthink as many of the above describe me before writing this post. I took action and began writing. The action of writing allowed the words to flow and has made me realize that, at least, one of the seeds had taken root.

Now, I have a tool that I share with you. The Overthink, when it happens again – and it will, shall now be an indicator of my own need to step away, get some exercise, relax, etc.

What say you?


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