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Critical thinking is helpful in your professional and personal life as it will help you have a more logical mindset.
In the previous section we shared the five steps that you work through to take a critical thinking mindset when making decisions or looking for ways to innovate.
Here are some ways to improve your critical thinking skills:
Keep the goal in mind
The purpose of critical thinking is to solve a problem or innovate. Don’t forget why you started investigating or gathering information in the first place. Maybe it was something simple, like someone shared something on Instagram and you have a feeling it’s #fakenews.
Know your biases
We’re all biased, and the trick to critical thinking is to look past yours. Think about yourself like a journalist – journalists have to gather information from both sides of the story and tell it without putting themselves in the picture.
Ask questions. Lots of questions
We’ll dive into asking good questions a little later on.
Evaluate all available data
Once you’ve explored every avenue, look at ALL the facts and available data you have. You might need to seek more.
Ask for help
You don’t have to solve things alone. Get feedback from others or try to collaborate. To combat your own biases, it can be helpful to work with people of different backgrounds to yours.
Write down crazy solutions
No idea is too wild when you’re brainstorming. Sure, critical thinking is about logic, but creative thinking is encouraged. Sometimes the crazy or out-of-the-box solutions may lead you down a new path towards something you hadn’t thought of.
Consider the impact of your choices
Once you have observed, analysed and drawn conclusions, consider the short- and long-term consequences of your answers. Will they have the desired impact? Or will it cause more issues down the line?