Are you thinking well?
When thinking about anything, whether on our own or in a group, we tend to have a variety of different kinds of thoughts. There are gut feelings, positive ideas, and the cautious constraints, there are thoughts about the process of thinking, creative alternative solutions may pop up and there are the evidence based hard facts. All together in an often confused chaotic way.
Edward de Bono, who coined the phrase ‘lateral thinking’, also brought us the phrase ‘parallel thinking’ – the idea that we think best when we focus on one kind of thought at a time. So whether on our own or in a gathering with others, we can metaphorically put on each hat in turn – perhaps revisiting some along the way… and process all the positive benefits of an idea… and then all together consider the constraints and all the reasons that it will never work… and so on…
- https://youtu.be/oHiwpz7r4wY – will take you to a helpful video.
- Online library of Quality Service Improvement & Redesign tools – NHS – Improvement. PDF download.
If you google Six Thinking Hats you will get loads of info…
“I have so much to do today that I’m going to need to spend three hours in prayer in order to be able to get it all done.”Martin Luther
Time management is a misnomer – time manages itself quite nicely – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week… Self management is what we need to be better at to take effective advantage of time.
Helpful article: If you’re too busy for these 5 things…
What are the six most important things you are going to do tomorrow?
The Ivy Lee Method
100 years ago Ivy Lee was a productivity consultant- before that was really a thing! He shared some advice which many still use today. You too can apply the Ivy Lee method… Before you finish work or go to bed today, write down the 6 most important things that you will do tomorrow.
Tomorrow, do them! Don’t let anything else distract until you have ticked off those 6 things.
If at the end of the day there are tasks remaining undone – great you have the start of tomorrow’s list!
Too many things to do?
There are three kinds of people:
- Those who remember everything that needs to be done – and keep all the thoughts on their head.
- Those who rely on other people to remind them when they overlook something important
- Those who have a trusted system (outwith their head) and capture and sort their to-dos, and do and review their tasks!
Always ask for feedback after an event or meeting. Why? Because some,but not all, will give it anyway and you’ll hear the extremes but not the overall picture. The folk who will say, “complete waste of time and money”, will tell you anyway and we all know that the negative comments linger with us much more than the positive ones. The comments “that was a really helpful and productive meeting”, may come anyway too. But what of all the middle ground? Asking for simple feedback: What went well? What could have been even better? What will you take away from this event? will give an overall context. If the majority of feedback is positive, then the negative (and the overly positive) can be seen as one person’s opinion.
Always ask for feedback, and be prepared to work on upping your game if the overall comment warrants it. Be encouraged where overall feedback is good and don’t let one negative comment get in the way.
How to adapt to changing times with Simon Sinek…