A lot of self-help and also positive psychology asks people to sit down, think about important questions and write them down linearly. This implies that all the answers we need are supposed to hit us like lightening once we sit down. While some answers might strike like lightening I find that the best answers collect in a mental fishing net that is silently collecting answers and data over time. The lightening effect does happen but not because we sit down to write but only once the net has collected enough useful information and found a way to make the puzzle pieces fit together. What questions can you architect like filters and fishing nets?