Okay so i disabled all my login items in system preferences and disabled some third party launchagents using cleanmymac (which I don’t usually use, I installed just for help with the launchagents). I figured that maybe since the issue wasn’t occurring in SAFE MODE, that for some reason it was an issue with some launch item.
However, that didn’t stop the issue from occurring.
Right now, I am reinstalling a fresh version of Catalina. This time I am going back to Mac OS extended (journaled). For some strange reason, and this is strictly a gut feeling, I’m not sure my computer plays well with APFS. I believe that they made the switch to APFS like during the launch cycle of my 13 inch 2017 w/ Touch Bar.
I am not even sure if it’s even possible that that has anything to do with it. Again, just a gut feeling.
Not in my experience. Before you run those maintenance utilities (which I believe will necessitate a restart after completion) I’d first perform the next tab’s macOS maintenance scripts: daily, weekly and monthly.