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Analysis Paralysis

If I’ve learned one thing during my recent search for a new apartment, it’s that I most certainly suffer from a little condition called “analysis paralysis.”

I’ve heard this phrase used often when reading game reviews (when there are too many choices that all seem like good ones, it’s easy to get stuck trying to make the¬†best decision), but never thought it would be something I’d find myself doing during my apartment search.

The first several days of my hunt started to have me worried that it would suddenly be August 1 and I wouldn’t have found anywhere suitable to live. During the early days of the apartment search, I joked around with friends or co-workers that I might wind up virtually homeless (something that would never happen since my parents are always willing to let me come home and stay in a guest room) with a horde of animals to worry about too.

I’ve since moved past the stage of worrying that I won’t be able to find something nice, safe, and in my budget, and have reached a new concern: which place should I choose?

Over the weekend I suddenly started receiving calls or emails back from a multitude of leasing agents and property managers, all of whom have reasonable places for me to check out. I have a short list of requirements when it comes to housing, and so far, about 90% of the properties I’ve viewed within the last week match most of my criteria.

Even though this choice isn’t as permanent as the decision to purchase a house, it’s still a pretty big decision, and I’d rather not have a repeat of my current housing situation where little things (or big ones) start to pop up that make me dread even going home at night.

With my move out date quickly approaching, I know a final decision needs to be made soon, so I’ve resorted to making lists featuring the pros and cons of each place and will hopefully have a decision by the end of the week.

I’m tempted to stop looking at any additional places, because I know that will only make my final decision that much harder, but at the same time want to make sure I’ve examined¬†every single possibility before making any snap decisions.

Have you ever encountered a situation where you were faced with analysis paralysis?

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