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Six Thinking Hats

Use Edward De Bono's Six Thinking hats in your next brainstorm meeting with this summary and checklist.

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What are the Six Thinking Hats?

The Six Thinking Hats is a process created by the author Edward De Bono as a way to foster 'parallel thinking'. The idea is that everyone participating should be focused on thinking in a particular way at the same time rather than everyone doing their own thing all at once.

By having everyone think in a specific direction at the same time, participants are more likely to contribute and not feel like they're arguing against each other. In addition, by providing a set time for everyone to think in a set direction, you ensure that all directions are considered by everyone. This avoid the problem of some people going into a meeting with preconceived notions and not being nudged to consider other possibilities.

What is the template?

This template provides you with a summary of each of the six thinking hats and a checklist for running a brainstorming session. To run a sessions, simply turn the checklist into a template and go through it with your team, checking off the steps as you complete them. The process itself is pretty straightforward, the key is to make sure everyone is thinking in the same direction at the appropriate time. If you do this, you'll be able to really collaborate and explore more possibilities than if you simply asked everyone to come up with ideas without a framework.

How to use the template

The bullet journal template has two main sections, the calendar, and the monthly '⏳ Future' sections.

The calendar - A long list of months with each month containing the days for that month. You'll add your tasks, notes and events under each day.

The future logs - Each month has a '⏳ Future' section that serves as a placeholder for activities that should be completed during that month but do not yet have a specific date.

The monthly log allows you to view all the events for a given month. You create this view by clicking on the bullet for the current month and then clicking on the star ⭐️ to save that view in the left hand sidebar.

The daily log allows you to quickly jump to today and work on the day's tasks and events, and add notes. You create this view by searching for 'Today' in the menu bar and then clicking on the star ⭐️ to save that view in the left hand sidebar.

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