Over-thinkers of the world: Stop Prioritizing!

Acetips By Andres Acevedo Chaves
3 min readJun 23, 2023


Sometimes behind the mask of prioritizing hides rumination.
Sometimes behind the mask of prioritizing hides rumination.

Are you an over-thinker who spends countless hours meticulously planning and prioritizing tasks, hoping to optimize your time usage? Do you often find yourself trapped in a cycle of analysis paralysis, where you constantly second-guess your decisions and miss out on opportunities to take action? If so, it’s time to break free from the chains of excessive planning and embrace the power of action.

While careful planning can be beneficial in many aspects of life, overthinking and excessive prioritizing can hinder your progress rather than enhance it. It’s easy to get caught up in the mindset that the perfect plan or the optimal solution is necessary before taking any action. However, this mindset often leads to missed opportunities and a sense of stagnation.

Consider this: how many times have you delayed starting a new project because you wanted to have all the details figured out beforehand? How many times have you put off going to the gym or tackling household chores because you felt the need to prioritize other tasks? The truth is, there will never be a perfect time or a perfect plan. Waiting for that ideal moment will only result in missed chances and a lack of progress.

The key to overcoming this over-thinking trap is to shift your focus from perfect planning to taking action. When you have the energy and motivation to start something, seize the opportunity and dive in headfirst. When you get that creative boost for doing something, embrace it! Carpe diem! Even if you have unfinished projects or lingering doubts, taking action will propel you forward and create momentum.

By prioritizing action over thoughts, you open yourself up to new possibilities and experiences. Each action you take, no matter how small, is a step towards growth, progress, and unknown opportunities. Instead of wasting time contemplating the best course of action, trust your instincts and move forward. You can always refine your plan along the way, adjusting and improving as needed.

Embracing action also frees you from the burden of excessive overthinking. When you allow yourself to take action, you release the mental strain of constant analysis and decision-making. It’s important to recognize that some of the thoughts and excessive planning you might perceive as necessary for optimizing time usage could actually be a form of rumination.

Rumination is a cognitive pattern characterized by repetitive and intrusive thoughts, often focused on past events or perceived failures. Rumination is a common characteristic present in psychological disorders such as depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Of course, this does not mean you should abandon all planning and disregard the importance of thoughtful consideration. Planning still has its place, but it should serve as the step before the go-signal rather than a roadblock.

So, over-thinkers of the world, it’s time to stop prioritizing excessively and start taking action. Don’t let the fear of imperfection or uncertainty hold you back. Embrace the opportunities that come your way, whether it’s tackling household chores, going to the gym, or starting a new project.

Take that leap of faith. At some point, you will find ground.