Over the past 12 hours I’ve been doing lots of thinking about a scenario that was presented to me (what it was isn’t relevant here) and that’s also lead me to think about how I think, which has been quite a revelation.
My brain is always going at 100 miles an hour (probably something to do with my ADHD) which means within a short space of time after being presented with a scenario, I’ve jumped straight to the end and have come up with a whole bunch out possible outcomes, questions, problems etc.This is all well and good, because it enables me to evaluate things quickly. This is especially helpful at work because I can see problems and solutions that nobody else seems to see.
On the other hand, this isn’t so helpful in life, because I miss the journey and focus on the end goal, which leads me to not seeing any alternatives, and causes me to make statements that I may not agree with myself in 10 minutes. The trick with me is to take everything I say at the start with a grain of salt, I’m just thinking out loud. I probably do mean it, and have a point but that doesn’t meant that I won’t change my mind in a few hours (though I may not change my mind as well). I know when I’m done thinking, and will say so.
I do eventually after a great deal of thought start working from A to B instead of jumping straight to B, and find that there is a possible C, D, E, F etc. This means that something I’ve found a whole lot of problems with and decided it’s not happening can suddenly have a longer path towards it, that makes the final destination much more achievable and much more palatable.
I really need to work on working through from start to finish instead of jumping right to the end in some situations, as it would bring my stress levels down!
Also a note pad works wonders while I’m thinking, because when I go to discuss things with the people involved, I’ll often have forgotten important things (and I should really follow my own advice, because I didn’t do this today, though this blog post should serve as a pretty good reminder)