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Something that often gets in the way of our ability to focus at work is our tendency to keep gathering information long after we have enough to make a decision.
How can we avoid this “analysis paralysis” and learn when to stop collecting more information?
o The best approach is to develop your hypothesis or argument early on, so that your search is focused on supporting or refuting it. If that doesn’t work, give yourself a deadline.
o For example, when working with collaborators, aim to have something to send them by the end of the day. This helps avoid an open-ended search process. It’s tempting to seek evidence to support every argument, but don’t be afraid to bring your intuition to the table. And find time for reflection.
o Create breaks in the day – maybe during a commute or while exercising – so you can make sense of all the information you have.
Adapted from “Manage Your Team’s Attention” by Julian Birkinshaw.
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