Do You Overanalyze Everything? Here’s How to Stop The Cycle

Melody Wilding, LMSW
5 min readNov 8, 2022
Photo by Ethan Wu

Stop overanalyzing at work. It’s holding you back. Let’s talk about how to spot overanalyzing and three ways to make it stop.

Overanalyzing usually looks like a pained face with an internal circular monologue going around and around on your options.

If this sounds familiar, know that you’re definitely not alone. Research shows that over 73% of people struggle with overthinking, which happens when your thought process becomes too complex and you get trapped in your own head.

In my LinkedIn Learning course, Overcome Overthinking, I share strategies to feel more confident, become less stressed, and improve your problem-solving skills so you can stop this habit of overthinking and bring more ease into your work day.

Here are a few of my favorite techniques to curb overthinking and make better decisions, faster. Watch the full course for more.

3 Techniques to Use When You Spot Overanalyzing

1. Focus on“satisficing”

“Satisficing” is a term that refers to finding the happy medium of satisfying and sufficing. “Satisficers” prioritize the “good enough” solution — one that meets key needs. Compare this to “maximizers,” who examine every option and keep searching for better alternatives, deals, or outcomes — to their own detriment.

Of the two decision-making types, maximizers are more prone to overthinking, less likely to feel happy with the results of their decisions, and more likely to negatively compare themselves to others.

In order to leverage “satisficing”, it’s important to know what you’re optimizing for. That’s where key decision criteria come in. Key decision criteria — principles, guidelines, or requirements — help you prioritize the most important variables weighing into a decision. Your decision criteria can be professional or personal.

For example, let’s say you’re overthinking whether or not to launch a new feature for your product or service. Your decision criteria could include:



Melody Wilding, LMSW

Author of TRUST YOURSELF. Executive coach to Sensitive Strivers. Human behavior professor. Featured in NYT, NBC, CNN.