Water element 

The fourth element of effective thinking is water : seeing the flow of ideas, look back and look forward. There is always more. We need to understand that each invention is an incremental improvement of the previous one.

To adopt this, extend your idea, all idea can be extended. You will need to see the world as it is now in order to be able to look forward into the future.

Air element 

The third element of effective thinking is Air :this is to say that we can create solutions out of thin air. Create a questions to challenge your own assumptions, be your own Socrates. The easiest way to learn about something is to teach them, by doing this you will need to understand the matter deep. Another important things to note is framing the question, this is a important as answering them.

Sometimes answers can lead to questions. What if, this allow us to see the world differently. Always ask yourself a question, what is the real question. This will allow you to fix the root cause and not just solving problem that will lead up to more problems later.

In this life we need to define our definition of success, this can be done by framing the question what success mean to you. Without knowing this, you will always constantly chasing you tail.

In summary we always needs to question the questions.

Holiday in a Mini

We are having a family holiday in a Mini convertible, driving to a new town and stopping by to check the direction. There is a guy approaching and said I can see such and such is the owner of the mini, and Hui responded that we are the new owner and probably the data is not updated. There was another lady joining the conversation. Saying that it cost about 100k, and we acknowledge. 

Suddenly they start to demolish the shop in front of us, so we had to move the car. And like usual Hui and I was arguing about something. And then I woke up.

Effective thinking

The book “The 5 elements of effective thinking” describes what fundamental elements related to effective thinking. It is a thought provoking way to provoke thought. The analogy is the hero in a movie is usually a person who change the most. To be able to reap the most out of the book, you will need the following strategy :


Do the exercise

Make it second nature

The first element is earth : ground your thinking. What it means is to understand simple things deeply. Focus on solving the simpler problem. Try to declutter and see what is possible.

Procrastination test 

Finally the book have a small test to find out whether you are having a high risk of procrastination or more resilience towards it. Score yourself from 1 to 10 on the following :

  1. Conscientiousness: whether you are responsible, competence, efficient, follow though 
  2. Emotional instable: means you are easily being influence by things surround you 
  3. Impulsiveness :anxiety, tense, depression, shy, and moody, usually act before thinking 
  4. Self advocacy : you have a clear desire 
  5. Self esteem : having self worth 
  6. Socially prescribe perfectionism

If you sum up the procrastination risk score (item 2, 3 and 6) tog can compare them against your resilience scores (item 1, 4 and 5) you  will have some guidance on where you are leaning towards and be able to adjust to combat procrastination.

Pirate ship battle

I was on a cruise ship, and suddenly realized something out in the horizon. The cloud formation change, it looks like sea water was sucked out into the sky. Then the cloud formed, thundering down. Some planes appeared, then fall down to the sea. Many more planes appeared in the sky, all of them being shot down, broken into pieces and fall down from the sky.

A machine gun battle sounds was heard in the distance. Explosion in the sky was seen. Then a guy suddenly appeared in the ship with big machine gun. He started to shoot at us with his huge machine gun. Some of the shell hit me but I didn’t feel anything. Some other guys yelled that it hurt. The guy yelled enjoyed the price. I suddenly realize that you can crack open the shell and there is a message inside. The first one I open had a comic strip inside. The guy was running away, while emptying his machine guns around. I quickly grab a few more shell which now looks more like a cut off coke bottle. I found one with a shiny coke flags that says free coke. I assume this is the prize the guy was talking about. One of my friend in the ship was trying to pinch it off me. I quickly secured it into my pocket. And while thinking on how can I trade the prize, I suddenly woke up.

A few steps to combat Procrastination 

Further more the “Solving Procrastination puzzle” book suggest the following steps :

  1. Will power strengthening : you will need to control yourself 
  2. Sleep/rest will : typical adult will need approximately 8 hours sleep, lacking sleep will lower you will power to start on anything because you will feel tired
  3. Strategy to move the will power to start things earlier rather than later 
  4. Positive boost of emotion : from time to time we need some nudge, some sort of encouragement 
  5. Implementation intention plan: If you don’t have a plan you plan to fail
  6. Self regulations : blood glucose is needed for body to regulate, when you are feeling a bit low, this is necessary 
  7. Social interaction needs more self regulation 
  8. Self regulation depends on motivation 

How to get things done 

The “Solving procrastination puzzle” book also highlight some steps you can use to try to combat procrastination.

  1. Just get started : an example to this is if you are a college student and have a homework after your math class, don’t wait until just before it is due to try complete the task, but rather start to do or right after the class of that night on the same day where tog had sit in the class. This will ensure that your mind is still fresh with the lesson about that particular math problem.
  2. Write task and ask sub task: You cannot possibly run before trying to crawl. So if you can’t think of a solution to the problem, try to break it down into much smaller task. As you go along solving each of the smaller task, eventually you will figure out more tasks and this will all points to the direction to solving the bigger problem 

Solving Procrastination Puzzle

I just completed listening to “Solving Procrastination puzzle” audio book. It is quite an interesting one. We as a human being from time to time procrastinate. What the book is trying to explain is why this is happening, and ultimately if we know the why, we can try to solve it and thus getting more things done.

The book started with defining the difference between delay and procrastination. It defined procrastination as needless or voluntary delay. It also talk about how people with lower emotional intelligence will have bigger procrastination. Some people procrastinate to avoid negative emotions related to the task, in this way they will make themselves feel good by procrastinating. This is also called strategic procrastination, we make ourselves feel good by trying and finishing things last minute.