Doing before thinking January 3, 2012Posted by mareserinitatis in engineering, research, science, societal commentary.
Tags: engineering, INTJ, personality types, reflection
I like to plan. I like to work things out in my head before starting to do things with my hands. I’m an INTJ, and from what I understand, this is fairly common for people with this personality type.
It’s frustrating for me to see people do things when I’m not sure they know why they’re doing it. For instance, I was trying to work on a problem with a widget. Someone sent me some information on another widget which worked in a completely different way. Absolutely every component of colleagues widget was different from mine.
While I really appreciate the fact that someone is trying to help me out, I found myself putting a lot of time into trying to figure out how their data was going to help me. Was I missing something? Maybe one of the parts is really the same, so I can rule that out? Nope. Basically, the only thing that came of it is that the measurement device was working correctly. That’s certainly a good thing to know…but if it’s calibrated properly and regularly, that shouldn’t be a concern in the first place.
I guess if people want to spin their wheels taking useless data, that’s okay with me. However, it gets frustrating when I spend a lot of time trying to figure out what the point is, only to realize I just wasted a bunch of time on something that really didn’t help at all.
As much as I know some people are bothered by the time I “waste” thinking about taking, I guess it makes me feel better knowing that sometimes diving in head first without thinking can be just as much of a waste…and sometimes more.