#35: Incubation Time
Do the non-intuitive - pause
Too many of my mistakes come from insufficient thinking time. Everyone wants to get an answer from me NOW, which creates a pull towards impulsive decisions. The faster my decisions, the more reactive I become, the less I want to take time to actually think through what I am doing.
A technique that helps reverse this trend is incubation time. There is extreme inertia towards taking time to decide because it seems like it’s wasted time. Recognizing this trend as I’m faced with a pressing decision, I tell myself:
“I will attend to you, but not right now. Instead, I will put you into an incubator (a document/note). I will let you incubate and I will only decide once I’ve seen you, my decision, from different perspectives and through different emotional states. I am choosing to do the non-intuitive: I incubate my idea of what I think I should do that it bakes into an understanding of what I should actually do. “
Give it five minutes | Jason Fried
Thinking, Fast and Slow | Daniel Kahneman