I struggle with analysis paralysis, and it has taken me quite some time to get where I am now. I still battle with this, but I want to share something that has helped me quite a bit. I call it “the importance of doing something”. It’s a simple thing, but it has really helped me accomplish a great deal. I simply make a determined effort to do something, anything, that will help further my goals every single day. Little things count. It can be as simple as going for a walk and collecting seeds, or picking up coffee grounds from a local store and spreading them in a garden area. Plant another tree. Build a meal worm bin so your chickens have treats. Pound a post into the ground, nail a 2x4 across the top of it and you just made a perch for a passing bird. Build a blue bird or bat house out of scrap lumber. Pile up some rocks for snakes to hide in and bask on. All of this is simple, much of it is free, and all of it matters.
Doing this has helped me realize a couple things. One of them is that very few things are as hard or as complicated as they may first seem. Another is that an enormous amount can be done in a pretty short period of time if you just keep chipping away at it. Someone once said that perfection is the enemy of good, and that person said a mouthful. I have learned that it’s okay for things to be good enough. A swale doesn’t have to be a mile long, 6 feet wide, 4 feet deep, and perfectly level, to be helpful. My compost doesn’t have to be perfect to help my plants grow. Very little that you do can’t be re-done. Most importantly for me is that success at the small easy things gives you the skill, the confidence, and the knowledge to try bigger, more complicated things. Success rolls into bigger success. Regardless of that, if all you ever do are small, easy things, you will still accomplish much. Maybe just enough.
Well said and something I needed to read. We're in the early stages of starting our homestead on raw land and while a blank canvas has it's benefits, it can also be overwhelming at times. Often being pulled in 100 directions, sometimes paralysis analysis sets in and instead nothing gets accomplished. Thanks for sharing and now it's time to go do something
But some planning isn't all bad. In order to do many small things, it helps a LOT to have an overview and general plan in place because then you can boogie w/less worry about messing up something you didn't consider, but really need a certain way. Like you probably don't want to plant couple trees in the place where it turns out your driveway _really_ has to go, then a few years later when you've to the resources for the driveway... Hmm.
I think there is a "better" order in which to plan before tying into a big project. Something along the lines of 1) Identify what CANNOT change and don't waste time brooding about it; 2) Identify what you MUST have done, and when (if there is such a constraint), and think about your ducks and line them up so there's some plausible chance that will actually happen; 3) If #2 doesn't fill the roun'tuit list, you can always continue by moving material in the direction it eventually has to go.
#3 is my fave when I get too stupid to think things through or be at all creative, but do want to keep advancing. And there have been times when I did not proceed on something, and it was getting annoying and a little confusing, until, finally, in completing something else I realized that the thing I had left waiting _needed_ the job I just completed in order to move forward properly. I hadn't been able to clearly see that beforehand in the haze of sweat and virtuous effort.
It's a process and I think you have definitely nailed and important guide line. But don't let a little planning scare you - just keep it tamed and harnessed. Spec a quitting time for the mind and when that rolls around, QUIT.
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