16 thoughts on “#019 THINK

  1. I need to think about the consequences of doing this the same way each year. Could I create another 10 list to repeat the process and create movement? i.e.

    1. Should I do it more often to get better results?
    2. Should I get someone else to do it who has more experience? Will it cost less than $200?
    3. If I do it once a year over 20 years it will cost $4000. Should I just install a gutter guard?
    4. Can I ask the neighbour to chop down their tree?
    5. Could I move house to a place where there are no trees?
    6. Should I lace the gutters with some kind of flammable liquid and burn all the leaves away in an instant?
    7. Should I not spend any money or time on it, and pay for insurance instead?
    8. Should I remove the gutters and let the rain fall directly onto the ground?
    9. Should I do the clean during the summer, when the leaves are dry, compared to winter when the leaves are muddy and heavy?
    10. Should I trap the leaves in a way which makes it easier to clean?

  2. Be positive ..i need to think about being positive ; remove constraints first in my thinking .
    I also think i should not overthink …

  3. After notice I need to consider/think of the clients response to me and of the ways in which I can improve the interaction/ relationship with the client.

  4. The main task for me is to decide what is my core desire. What is it that I really want to get out of life in each important areas of my life. Once there is clarity then I can decide what is the best way to get there. I am not talking about just setting goals. Setting goals are okay but there is something more fundamental and emotional about making decisions and discovering what I want in life that will drive me to achieve those things.

    1. That’s a very useful insight, Kamyar, the difference between mere two-dimensional goal-setting and a real life purpose. Keep searching.

  5. From my start list, I chose teaching my little girl some arithmetic operations.directly, I started by using what was available to me around to explain practically the concepts she needed to learn. During the dialog between us i noticed what she needed to understand, so that she would gain the new concepts, then I changed the way and restarted with a different point by using some other things in our room to explain the conceptes to her ,her reaction seemed to be different again, and then I changed the presentation of those concepts and both I and she started to talk in a different way.

    1. Excellent experiment Eman. Not only are you teaching your daughter arithmetic but, by your example, you are also teaching her how to think.

  6. In order to get to “what should I be thinking about” I aspire to explore in an open and ego free manner the perspectives from the other side. Like Maurie, I have spent a great deal of time engaging with a senior executive in charge over 50,000 staff here in Australia. I find it of great interest that this “genius in the retail space” bases the majority of his success on a philosophy of allowing all views and perspectives to wash over him without the feeling of being personal attacked. I am interested in better thinking through better relationships.

  7. From noticing my team at work the other day I got to thinking how recent changes I made to how we work has helped me gain some time to focus on my own tasks at hand.
    I noticed that much of my attention is needed with some tasks that my team undertakes. But I made a simple change and overloaded my diary with one on one meetings to go through any questions my team member had. This allowed us to use this setting to tackle immediate problems but also it allowed me the time to provide constructive feedback to my team members. While this process does take a bit more time I feel that my team is now finding their tasks easier to get through and I find that I have my own Time to myself and focus on my tasks. Now this is probably not the best way forward, it is simple one way and I now have to keep thinking on how I can improve on this in the future.

  8. 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).

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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

  12. 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.

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