I can be in my head too much when struggling with a gnarly problem. The issue is my quality of thinking goes down as the thoughts just swirl. This week I learned a great new tactic: Question Bursts.
Here is how it works. Grab two other people. Spend two minutes describing your problem. Spend the next four with them brainstorming questions on what they would want to know in your shoes. You are silent, just write the questions down. The goal is to get at least fourteen.
I tried this a few times thus week on some pressing issues and was shocked at how much this 6-minute time investment clarified my thinking. Plus, I just felt better.
We've added it as a standing agenda item to our team meetings. Grab a few colleagues (or friends) and give it a whirl. #career