Round and round go the thoughts on their little train track. Round and round. Maybe it’s not a train track; maybe it’s the track a caged animal makes pacing around the inside of the fence. Whatever it is, it goes round and round and round. Have you ever wondered how many times you have the same thought, make the same plan, rehearse the same conversation in your head with someone so many times you feel as if you’ve actually talked to them in person?
Tiring. All this thinking is so tiring.
Perhaps those of us who work from home are even more prone to overthinking than the rest of the human race. After all, most of the time the only person we’ve got to talk to is ourselves!
All the planning in the world gets us nowhere unless we actually do something. I’m naturally a do-er. I don’t like long-winded plans or detailed analyses. I’d rather get going, make my own mistakes, learn from them and move on. But sometimes I get stuck in a thinking loop, going round and round like a dog chasing its tail. And I’ve learnt that the only way out of it is to do something. What you choose to do is almost irrelevant. It will become clear pretty quickly if the thing you’ve decided to do isn’t going to get you anywhere. But the very fact that you’ve taken action – like I did with a phone call last week – seems to work a form of magic in breaking the endless thinking loop. Once you’ve done one thing, even if it turns out that you should have done something else, it’s easier to go on and do another thing, and another thing, and suddenly you’re making forward progress again instead of going round in ever-decreasing circles.
Do something. You can think about it later.