8 Habits of Effective Critical Thinkers

The Organized Executive's Blog

This is a guest post by Jen Lawrence.

Critical thinking – the ability to make decisions, solve problems, and take appropriate action – has been identified as a key skill by educators business leaders and governments. Here are 10 ways to become a better critical thinker at work and in life:

1. The five second rule. Nope, this isn’t about the edibleness of that cookie you just dropped on the floor. We are talking about the brief pause you should take before making a decision. Some decisions require the triune or instinctive brain (“Hungry!), others the limbic or emotional brain (“That cookie would make me feel better”), and the rest the neocortex or rational brain (“That cookie fell where the wet dog was sitting and therefore should not be eaten.) By taking a brief pause of a few seconds, we allow the appropriate brain the time to function.

2. There…

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