16 thoughts on “#019 THINK

  1. My thinking is often in the form of problem solving. By defining and simplifying the problem elements, alternative strategies can be tested, rather like sketching the basics of a structure on a scratch pad before gathering the CAD software or formal drafting instruments and putting in all the details.
    Sometimes, the answers jump mercurially out of “left field” or after a period “on the back burner” when no apparent effort is being expended on the issue (presumably in the subconscious or preconscious there is work taking place). Sometimes they arise during conversations with respected colleagues either from their input and ideas or from their interested listening, which provides a fertile ground for my thoughts.
    Unless the problem is a very familiar one, it rarely involves a linear process of input to output. I am hoping my SOT study will provide a framework for more thoughtful thinking.

  2. In thinking about this question I’ve just started writing instead of trying to come up with a concept. I am back to start and moving

  3. How do I think? Well, I always remind myself that my current thinking is only one of the possible ways to think. With this attitude and whenever I am confronted with a decision to make or a design to formulate I use tools to let me escape from my current thinking. I use tools like random word entry or concept challenge or even just plain reversal of what is popular or held as a “right” way to think about things. I also deliberately employ direct attention tools like PMI, CAF or AGO in my thinking.

  4. Thinking with two minds, at least. One is structured, logical, following lists and categories. It helps me make sense of the world around me and get through standardised actions. The second is unstructured, emotional, creative even random. It’s fun, challenging and each thought always ready to be destroyed for something better. The idea is here is to always look at a problem with those two states. It opens a flow of ideas that you can act on or simplify enjoy. It allows for discussions with others that are Creative and, sometimes, mind boggling.

  5. As someone who often thinks more than acts I often use my thinking time to evaluate multiple possible options forward for a given problem. For example, once I have done something and noticed a change, I’ll then think on how I can adapt my future actions to push that change to be the change I initially desired (if only I could get the perfect outcome the first time!). I’ll then run what I consider to be my best future action past a trusted friend or colleague (a SDNT loop in itself).

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