We make more than 35,000 decisions every day. For you as a healthcare professional, that number increases with each patient and travel assignment. Decision-making is no easy feat and studies show that the more choices we’re presented with, the harder it is to come to a resolution, otherwise known as the “Paradox of Choice.”
As part of a traveler-driven community, you have thousands of healthcare travel jobs to choose from. It feels good to narrow down your options, but when you do, you start to think about the things you could’ve done differently and second-guess yourself—this is overthinking.
Overthinking is normal. In fact, a healthy amount of self-reflection is beneficial to your mental health. But, when that self-reflection spirals into rumination and self-doubt, it’s time to take a step back and re-evaluate.
When it comes to your professional career, Fusion Marketplace helps simplify the job search, application, and hiring process for healthcare travelers across multiple divisions. With a personalized profile, access to top-tier healthcare jobs around the country, and total transparency, you’ll have all the information you need to be confident in yourself and your career decisions.
Signs you’re overanalyzing
The first step towards a solution is identifying the problem—how do you know when you’re overanalyzing a situation? What are the warning signs that appear when you’re overthinking your healthcare assignment?
Luckily, there are many signals to identify when the gears in your brain go into over-drive. Of course, these signs may look differently for everyone, but if you catch yourself doing any of the following, there’s a chance you’re overthinking:
- You question your gut intuition. When you don’t believe in your gut feelings, trusting yourself can feel impossible and convince you that you’ll make the wrong choice for your professional career.
- You experience increased difficulty with problem-solving. Overthinking can lead to analysis paralysis—or, in other words, you lose your ability to effectively problem-solve. While problem-solving can lead to productive action, overthinking fuels uncomfortable emotions and actively avoids solutions.
- You stay up late worrying. When you feel like your brain won’t shut off no matter what you do, it’s challenging to get a good night’s sleep. Dwelling on problems, mistakes, and shortcomings increases your risk of mental health problems and interferes with a healthy sleep schedule.
- You’re obsessed with what you can’t control. If you constantly plan for every tiny future detail, worry that your loved ones won’t support you, or thoroughly research topics that send your anxiety through the roof, you’re overthinking.
Get out of your own way and escape the circular pattern you get trapped in when overanalyzing. When you find yourself doubting your intuition, struggling with problem-solving, getting less sleep, or obsessing over what you can’t control, you increase your self-awareness and open yourself up to the possibilities that await you in your healthcare assignment.
How to combat overthinking
For years, studies have shown that sensitive strivers, or high-achievers, process the world more deeply than others, and are also more susceptible to stress and overwhelm. When you find yourself lost in the rabbit hole of overthinking, these are ways you can break the cycle:
- Break up with perfectionism. The idea of perfection is one of the biggest blockers to clear thinking and effective problem-solving. Perfectionism operates on a faulty all-or-nothing belief that makes it easy to fall for its allure. Ask yourself these questions to help get yourself back on track: What is something I could do today that would bring me closer to my goals? Based on what I know and the information I have at this moment, what’s the best next step? And which decision will have the biggest positive impact on my top priorities?
- Consider the 10/10/10 method. When the prospect of falling flat on your face seizes you, think about how you’ll feel in 10 weeks, 10 months, or 10 years from now. More than likely, you’ll realize the choice is inconsequential or that you won’t remember that it was even a “thing” a decade from now.
- Gut feelings meet rational thoughts. Intuition is like playing a pattern matching mental game—the brain considers a situation, quickly assesses your experiences, and then makes the best decision given the context. Your gut feelings are an automatic process and when paired with analytical thinking, can help you make better, faster, and more accurate decisions. Plus, you can gain more confidence and feel good about your choice.
- Conserve your energy. There’s a greater chance you’ll overthink a decision when your energy is drained, so the more minor choices you can eliminate, the more energy you can collect for when you’ll really need it. Create routines and rituals to save brainpower and look for opportunities to omit certain decisions altogether. For example, pack your week’s lunches in advance so you don’t have to think and decide about what to eat each day.
Thinking too much can negatively impact job performance, cause anxiety, or lead to depression in some extreme cases. Mental depth gives you a major competitive advantage and in this over-saturated job market, you should do all you can to set yourself apart from other candidates.
An online Marketplace that helps you combat overthinking
Imagine an online platform where you can save your job preferences, professional qualifications, certifications, personal and professional references, and more in one convenient place—this is Fusion Marketplace.
With a completed Marketplace profile, you have the power to find and secure your ideal travel job minus the stress and overwhelm. Instead of browsing through tens of thousands of healthcare travel job postings, Marketplace allows you to easily narrow down your options, so you only see career opportunities that are directly relevant to your specialty, as well as career goals and priorities. The narrower your results, the less likely you are to overthink your options.
Effortlessly modify and save your preferences by department, healthcare specialty, location, shift type, pay range, and start date to further funnel travel jobs. Add up to five states to your job search and filter results by radius or geographic location to further funnel down your options. Additionally, include up to three shift types and three job types to refine your search. Save your preferences in your Marketplace profile and take advantage of a streamlined application process where you don’t have to reinvent the wheel each time.
Fusion Marketplace partners with multiple nationwide healthcare staffing companies to ensure you have career choices. Once you’ve established your traveler profile, you can use the profile information as your professional resume and apply for jobs where you see yourself successful.
It shouldn’t feel like you’re making 35,000 decisions to select your next healthcare assignment. Fusion Marketplace is a user-friendly one stop shop designed to make life easier for professional healthcare travelers. Complete a Marketplace profile and save job preferences to narrow down career options and, in turn, eradicate the effects of overthinking. As author Ralph Marston said: “There are plenty of difficult obstacles in your path. Don’t allow yourself to be one of them.”