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:
Here’s a few examples of uncertain input I’ve had:
- 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
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?
- (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