What is it? And, what can I do about it? Paralysis by Analysis
Paralysis by Analysis What?? An inability to get started on your assignment
Symptom 1: Missing Flow What? Occurs when you cant seem to find the right words. Why and what can I do about it? Lack of planning Desire for perfection
Symptom 2: Overwhelmed What? Occurs when you are so worried about the paper that you just cant write anything Why and what can I do about it? Take control of the critical voice Talk to someone about the project De-stress stretch breathe tense and relax
Symptom 3: Research overkill What? Spending copious amounts of time on your research or preparation. Why and what can I do about it? Set yourself a time limit or a maximum amount of papers Be wary of other online distractions.
Review & References Missing flow, feeling overwhelmed and research overkill can all contribute to Paralysis by Analysis. Results in a lower quality assignment or, in some instances, no submission at all! Work on different tips to try and help you. Clark, R. P. http://grammar.quickanddirtytips.com/overcoming-writers- block.aspxhttp://grammar.quickanddirtytips.com/overcoming-writers- block.aspx Conrey, S. M. & Brizee, A: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/567/1/ Illinois University http://www.cws.illinois.edu/workshop/writers/tips/writersblock/ http://www.cws.illinois.edu/workshop/writers/tips/writersblock/