Analysis Paralysis (Less is More)

Analysis Paralysis refers to the more choices we have to confront with, the more difficult it would be for us to make a choice.

Less is more.

Sometimes, it’s simply better to have less than to have more.

  • There was a famous jam study about choice; the more options offered to customers actually reduced the likelihood of purchasing at the end.
  • This behavior was also demonstrated in an Aesop’s fable of the Fox and the Cat, where the fox boasts of “hundreds of ways of escaping” while the cat has “only one”. When they hear the hounds approaching, the cat scampers up a tree while “the fox in his confusion was caught up by the hounds.” The fable ends with the moral, “Better one safe way than a hundred on which you cannot reckon.” (Wikipedia)
  • Less is more is significant in the design world; here are 32 minimalist website designs.

Why do you have to know this?

Because by understanding less is more, you can apply this concept to your daily life, it’s not just about design or a story, it’s a moral that you can use in the real world in many different ways. Here are some ideas:

  • You can declutter your house, office or any room with the concept, learn to simplify and organize.
  • When presenting information (be it in a presentation, a talk with a person, a normal conversation), learn to be concise and straight to the point, because being messy wastes a lot of time; plus, attention spans these days are real short, trust me.
  • Learn the 80-20 rule, most (80%) of the results happen due to the minor amount (20%) of reactants. Do what really matters, don’t waste your time on average things. Understand that life is not about trying to fix all your mistakes or weaknesses, it’s about building up your natural strengthens and talents so they would be the top, rather than being mediocre at everything.
  • Focus deeply on several things, rather than dividing your mind into many different things. (by the way, multitasking does not exist.)
  • When trying to convince others to make a choice, don’t list out all possible options because that will confuse them, instead mention the top three so there’s at least a chance for them to deeply and attentively think about each one, and actually make a choice.

Life can be simplified. Remember…

Less is more.