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House hunting season is here. Many across the country have chosen this time of the year to start the process of moving home and are eager to get started. Moving home is sometimes considered quite stressful, involves many people, and can extend far beyond the original moving date which was set in the beginning. These things are enough for many movers to stop, think twice, and take a long look in the mirror to decide whether they really want to go through with it. Most do, but some don’t. They become victims to a popular condition known as Analysis Paralysis. Here are some steps to help you overcome these feelings of doubt and move forward into the house of your dreams.

To start, we need to nail down a specific definition of Analysis Paralysis. It is a condition which affects thousands of people each day as they make their way through a typical day at work, face a major decision about taking a holiday, or are contemplating moving home.

In the midst of all these possibilities, Analysis Paralysis takes place by over-thinking the decision, which leads to indecision and making no choice. In short, it is allowing a non-decision to win, sit idle and never be touched.

First, make a distinction between big and small decisions. Separate the decisions between large and small and then give allotted time to the decisions which deserve more of it. This will help to prioritise the decisions which are up for deciding upon. For example, moving home is likely a large decision. Let’s not kid. It is probably the biggest decision of your entire life. Place this decision at the top of the list. This is a good time to ask if this decision will impact your life one year from now. If the answer is yes, the item goes on the high priority side of the list.

Next, identify the objective. The objective for the entire process is the ultimate end result. Taking an objective look at the process will unveil some of the desired outcomes. These outcomes could be a number of items, or maybe just one. This is a time to identify what the objectives are and place them in a short list, two maybe three items long.

After compiling a list of the objectives, select one. This will likely be in line with what the original goal of the process was. Now, start thinking in terms of one objective. This will help rationalise what the true meaning of the list is and help in the visualization of it being completed.

Thirdly, the decision to move is sometimes filled with moments of hesitation as well as confidence. What seems like a perfect idea at 8am could turn into an awful idea in your head by 20pm on the same day. Accepting the fact that the move home will not be perfect, but just acceptable is one of the first moments in reducing the amount of pressure which comes with such a decision.

Next, it’s time to eliminate the bad choices and narrow everything down to just one choice. Too many options make the decision making process a cluttered mess. It is hard to achieve focus on a single objective whilst more than one targets lies in front of you.

Time is of massive importance. This task you have chosen to engage in is not a decision to be made overnight. It has been known to take several months, even years. Sometimes a house is sold out from under someone at the last moment. Sometimes, a seller changes their mind and pulls their property which was for sale. Now it is simply off the market and not available for sale or anything else. Set a reasonable time limit. This is known as the Parkinson’s Law. This law states that if we set a task to be complete within 15 minutes, the time to completion will be 15 minutes. If a 30 minute time limit has been set, the task will take 30 minutes to complete, and so on.

Set a realistic time limit for the task in front of you. Moving home is a time consuming effort. If the goal is to have a move day set for around six weeks from the beginning, then set the time deadline for six weeks. This will not only give you an idea of how well the process is going along, but you never know, the Parkinson’s Law could kick in and move day take place whilst you expect it to.

Lastly, reach out for a trusted opinion regarding the process and how well it is getting on. Of course, this is an excellent opportunity to contact the estate agent and find out how well the process is moving along. The agent will immediately know or will be able to quickly find out.

Analysis paralysis happens to everyday goal setters as well as seasoned veterans. Following these steps will enable everyone moving home to proceed through the process with more direction, focus, and a plan of action.

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