Rands Important or Urgent?

I Think in Flowcharts

The most valuable part of a long bike ride is the second 30 minutes. The first 30 are spent settling into a groove, finding the right pace, and clearing my head. I know this is done when random interesting ideas start showing up, as I’ve written about before. There are three categories of exciting ideas:

  1. Stop now. Instantly tell Siri to create a reminder. If Siri isn’t working because I’m off-network, I’ll stop my bike and type my reminder. The idea is that important.
  2. Disposable. Interesting idea, but not worth capturing yet. Maybe it’ll come back later?
  3. Greatest hits. These are disposable ideas that keep come back on subsequent rides.

One of my great hits for a couple of years has been building a flowchart regarding making big decisions. Not small decisions, big ones. As with all complicated people things™, I see these situations as flowcharts. An obvious set of steps, branches, and logical conclusions. Flowcharts give me a sense of control when it’s hitting the fan.

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  1. Darren Fitz Gerald 3 years ago

    I love this! My most favorite portion of the chart is “Sleep On It.” probably the best advice ever given to anyone. Ever.

  2. The “urgent decision path” almost always involves
    – Bounded rationality
    – Non-compensatory decision making
    – Satisficing (not maximizing)

    Something to keep in mind when evaluating past decisions taken under time-pressure.

  3. Thanks! Big time. I am neurodivergent and recently worked it out that this is the only way I function. For all major and minor decisions. I feel validated that someone else thinks like this too! I am curious if you’re neurodivergent as well and figured out this is how your brain inherently works, or if this is a skill you learnt to organize your thoughts. Also, how do you make your minor decisions?