I keep an @ Strat (Strategy) context list, which could also be called @ Think
Here I keep items which need to be thought through.
Usually best away from the Internet or other distractive places or tools. Also at a high energy time of day.
I might deal with these items by:
- Walking / running - With a clear thinking agenda, rather than random
- Discussion with a suitable personality
- Mind Manager software
- SWOT Analysis
- Six Thinking Hats Analysis
- Random brainstorming notes on paper
I find it hard to stop action tasks and just think. Making a separate context for this has helped.
Which strategy I use obviously depends on the item which needs to be dealt with.
See here for help in getting the brain moving:
Problem Solving Techniques
Decision Making Techniques