Analysis Paralysis?

Goodness Gracious! I have been working on a project, actually a ‘test’ piece for a client. This ‘test’ will see if the client wants to commission me to do further work, lots of further work. The sketch was actually simple…but the landscape was not.  I had created a proof for the client to review and then start working on the background.  I freaked out!

My husband called it Analysis Paralysis.    Wikipedia describes it as “paralysis of analysis” refers to over-analyzing (or over-thinking) a situation, so that a decision or action is never taken, in effect paralyzing the outcome. A decision can be treated as over-complicated, with too many detailed options, so that a choice is never made, rather than try something and change if a major problem arises. A person might be seeking the optimal or “perfect” solution upfront, and fear making any decision which could lead to erroneous results, when on the way to a better solution.

Great term, it was really fitting, working on this landscape was not complicated or elaborate.  It was the pressure I was putting on myself, on the inside.  I was analyzing each and every tree I was creating and stroke of my pen.  I was overwhelmed with the minutia, not the larger picture.  My client has been so patient, waiting in the wings, for this temperamental artist to stop having a fit.  I am blessed to be working with such a man.

I started over, completely on the landscape, with a fresh eye, and a rested brain.  Drew half of the landscape, scanned it and emailed the client, he loved it.  I continued to the second half, finished in a few hours.  No problem there.

Is that internal pressure is too much.  Getting a fresh perspecitive, a friend or spouce to say, ‘take a step back,’ and relax a bit.  Look at the bigger picture, squint your eyes and open them again.  Are things different?  It worked for me!

Brenda Priest
Your Door & More


  1. Great post, Brenda! What a great reminder to take a step back and get a fresh look.
    Analysis paralysis frequently rears its ugly head with organizing projects. We’ll accept the clutter & chaos because it seems too daunting a task to take on. But taking a small step – just one drawer – can be the motivation to get moving and tackle the whole room.

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