The Yes/No Dictionary Part 10: Thinking

by Mike Clayton  - October 8, 2013


The Yes/No Book is filled with new and specific concepts in personal effectiveness and time management.� To make a valuable resource for readers, and to introduce non-readers to some of the core concepts of the book, I am preparing a dictionary.

It will be in 13 parts (Superstitious? I�m not) and will have around 50 entries.

Part 10: Thinking

How do you make decisions? Do you sometimes think all of the options through carefully, weighing the pros and cons? Do you like to test out your options by giving them a trial? Are you swayed by compassion and emotion or are you cold and analytical about your decisions? Do you sometimes know what your decision is in an instant, or do you sometimes need to incubate your decision over a long time? Do you sometimes need to talk your decision over with other people and get different perspectives before you finally decide?

There are six modes of thinking, and all are enormously valuable.� It would be a fool who would recommend one above all of the others. Each has its place and the important thing is to know when each matters most and what its strengths and weaknesses are.


Head thinking (noun); thinking with logic and analysis. The method that most of us were taught at school and college. When it comes to decision making, it is robust and reliable as long as you have the thinking tools to help you analyse your options.

Heart thinking (noun); thinking with your emotions. Helps you to make a decision your feel good about. Takes account of how your decision will affect other people.

Gut thinking (noun); thinking with your intuition. This is hugely valuable in complex, subtle situations where you cannot analyse all of the data and your emotions are all confused.

Team thinking (noun); two heads are better than one. If you can be shown a different perspective on your decision and hear a different point of view, then you may make a better decision. The secret to making better decisions with a team is to introduce as diverse a group of friends or colleagues as you can.

Slow thinking (noun); sometimes you need to �sleep on it�. You need to give your unconscious mind the time and peace to work out the answer for you � to access your emotions, to sort out your intuition, and to get comfortable with a difficult decision.

Test thinking (noun); using experimentation, trial and error, and testing. Trusting what happens in the real world, rather than ideas, concepts, theory and analysis. If it really matters and if you can do so, test out your decision before you make it.

Six Types of Thinking

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