Perhaps because we’ve been working on a proposal to evaluate someone’s project, I’ve been contemplating what smart things we have to say on the subject.
Generally, intuition comes into play at three points when you are doing an evaluation of something:
- The beginning
- The middle
- The end.
I’m not (just) being a smartass. I actually think there are three main ways to use your intuition when you evaluate. And I think this is something few talk about and we are qualified to talk about. So here goes. See what you think. Have I made this useful to you? Evaluate!
Intuition helps your evaluation start out well
The point of calling it “intuition” is that it is not knowledge defined as coming from outside yourself. INtuition by definition comes from within. While it’s subjective, so is every kind of knowledge. (More on that if you ask me about it but beware if you do, I really have a lot to say on that topic.)
Subjective doesn’t mean false.
Getting my PhD, I was always frustrated that this type of knowledge wasn’t even referred to. Beneath being important, it was not even considered worthy of notice.
Yet whenever I begin to evaluate anything, I check in with my intuition. Don’t you?
I check in to assess whether I am including all the important factors. Whatever they are. If I want them assessed by the end of the process, they need to be there in the beginning! (Duh, I know.)
So intuition helps you start out well when you begin an evaluation of anything.
Intuition helps you evaluate your evaluating
This is so basic, you will think I am just repeating myself, and I am, but again, these things are routinely left out of what is considered important in evaluation and even important as knowledge, period. So I’m making sure you remember: checking in with your intuition while you are in the process of an evaluation–whether it takes 5 seconds or 5 semesters–will again help you remember stuff you left out, and help you use techniques, tools, or processes you might have forgotten to use when you started out evaluating.
Intuition helps you understand the end of the evaluation
“End” in this case is a pun:
- Intuition helps you understand when you’ve reached the end of your evaluation.
- And intuition helps you understand the end you have reached
Again, whether this is a 5-second snap decision or whether it is a program assessment you design and implement (and hopefully self-evaluate) in graduate school or business or the nonprofit sector, checking in with your intuition sidelines biases that creep in when you are trying (too) hard to be objective.
It allows your smarter mind to weigh in and nudge you toward what’s important you might otherwise have left out. Like: am I done? Or not so done? Even if I want to be done–am I done? Has it been exhaustive (enough)?
It also allows you to see what the point of it all was–the end in that sense. To remember why you bothered and what questions you were hoping to get answered in the first place.
There are lots of other ways to use intuition when you evaluate, but these are the big three. Talk amongst (y)ourselves here–what’s your experience with this? No evaluation process too great or too small to address in these “pages.”
Love! and intuition.