Input with Uncertain Implications
I have this problem where I generate quite a large number of items of input that I don’t really know what to do with that easily. I’ve started calling it uncertain input.
I’ve worked out that uncertain input has two defining characteristics: it is both potentially useful to know and, if it’s true, has non-obvious personal implications.
This inexhaustive list outlines some of the forms uncertain input can take:
- a thought or suggestion as to a possible course of action
- an impression or feeling on something
- an explanation for how something is or should be
- a belief or opinion
- an observation
- a hypothetical
Here’s a few examples of uncertain input I’ve had:
- (On thinking about human psychology): extraverts and introverts occupy different worlds: introverts more of a thinking world, extraverts more of an experiential world. Each can claim that the other is missing out.
- (On thinking about doing GTD well): there’s stuff that, unless you schedule time to work on, you’ll probably never do it because it isn’t that much of a high priority
I’m just curious to know if other people have this kind of input appearing and, if you do, my question is not what do you do with it, but: how long does it take you to work out what to do with it?