This post is out of order, as I prioritized writing the Wednesday “nugget” post ahead of catching up on Tuesday’s assignment.
Unfortunately, I usually feel frustrated when I think. There are a variety of reasons for this, not all of which are present at any particular time.
I read and think MUCH faster than I can speak, type, or listen. So typically, I am frustrated that I’m thinking a bunch of good stuff, which I can’t capture or record fast enough. Also, I’m typically in a location or situation where I can’t record my current thoughts, so I’m frustrated that I’ll have to take time later on to capture these ideas, and will invariably lose many of them. Or, I’ll recall that I’ve thought these same thoughts before, and STILL haven’t been able to record them effectively.
Another frustration is that I often think of several aspects (thought vectors?) at almost the same time, but they go in significantly different directions and I can’t follow them all at once. I have to pick one and write (or think) linearly about it, then go back to pick up the next one to document, then go back for the next one, and in the meantime I’ve thought of multiple branches off each of the intermediate thoughts along each path…
Sometimes, especially when I’m writing (code or documentation), I can get into a mental flow state, and my sense of time (and frustration!) disappears temporarily. (Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi has written and talked on flow, for anyone interested in learning more about this…) But when I come out of flow, I’m again frustrated, either because it took so long and I’m still not done, or because there are so many more aspects and threads remaining to capture, or because there’s something else I have to do before I can continue.
Finally, I’m sometimes frustrated because I have the feeling that my thinking is incomplete, or otherwise inaccurate or missing something critical. Sometimes external input is required, but I find it difficult to get because often people (including me!!) will take the ideas off in other directions before we’ve fully explored and fleshed out the entirety of what I was trying to capture and describe.
- Itemize some methods and techniques useful to rapidly capture multiple thoughts, such as outlines (traditional and bubble/mind-map), dictation, stenography?, lists, and possible use of visual representations. Also, memory techniques such as mnemonics and visualization.