Critical Thinking for Problem Solving

When you use critical thinking techniques to solve problems in your personal or business life, you can be much surer of a satisfying outcome. Critical thinking helps you to discard biases and beliefs and statements that are hurled at us through media outlets and make sense of what is presented. Here are some ways that you can use critical thinking techniques to solve problems in your life:

  1. Identify the Problem – Before you begin to solve a situation or problem, you must first identify it. This means you’ll carefully evaluate every portion of it and how it’s different from how your goals. Critical thinking is the process of thinking before you leap to a conclusion about a situation.
  2. Analyze – After you identify the problem you can analyze it by learning as much about it as possible. Look beyond what’s presented as facts in the situation and seek other perspectives on the matter. Be open-minded as you analyze the problem so that you can discuss it or think about it in a logical way.
  3. Brainstorm Solutions – Think about all implications of the problem and the possibilities of the outcome. What will be the impact of certain solutions and what research can you perform that will offer accurate answers? Are there other, similar, problems that you’ve solved satisfactorily?
  4. Consider Solutions – Carefully consider the implications of each solution – the advantages and disadvantages. Also, think about the process you would go through to solve the problem if you use one solution over another. What will be the immediate and long-term impact of your decision?
  5. Choose a Solution – Before definitely choosing the solution to a situation or problem, you must first determine how suited it is to your goals, how much risk you’ll have to take and how practical your decision will be.

As you go through the process of using critical thinking to solve a problem, use techniques such as writing down what you’re thinking or bounce it off another person. Take time to be sure you’re making the right decision. “Sleep on it” is good advice when you’re striving to problem solve.

Be creative in the critical thinking process. If you run across a new idea or thought you haven’t before considered, don’t dismiss it without gathering evidence and weighing the alternative against others.

Critical thinking will help you design a plan of action based on knowledge and long-terms analyzing rather than on a quick decision that could be detrimental to your short and long term goals.

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Four Top Benefits of Living More Simply

There are many benefits to living more simply, and everyone has different reasons for choosing to simply their life. But there are definitely some reoccurring benefits that you see on almost everyone’s “reasons to simplify” list. See which of these could motivate you to choose a simplified lifestyle.

 More time—Everyone would like more time, but 24 hours each day is all we get. So using this time on the things that are really important to us is of the essence. When you say no to more activities and obligations and have less stuff to maintain, you end up with more time to live the life you want to live.

Less stress—Along with more time, people are desperately seeking ways to lessen the amount of stress they have in their daily lives. Fewer obligations, less doing and fewer possessions mean there’s less overall to deal with. You can even simplify the number or types of people you hang out with. People who are always stressed out and complaining can be weeded out so that you have more time to spend with people who bring real value to your life.

More focused energy—Much of our limited time seems to be eaten up by responsibilities and obligations that add very little, if anything, to our lives. Once we simplify how much we do and have, we have the time and energy to focus on the things that are the most important to us, like family, lifelong learning or hobbies.

More freedom—When you start to let go of the mountains of burdens you have taken on in the form of overworking, overspending and overextending yourself, you suddenly feel free. Maybe for the first time in your life! You begin to recognize the trap that you’ve been in, simply because society told you it was the way to happiness and fulfillment. True happiness comes from the freedom of doing less so you can be more.

Check out the infographic, posted earlier.

What Is Success? Big Thinkers Reflect – Bloomberg

“Big Problems. Big Thinkers.” features acclaimed journalist Terre Blair interviewing an extraordinary group of leaders to find solutions to some of the most urgent challenges facing humanity: global climate change, financial mayhem, nuclear attacks, cyber threats, political paralysis. Here is an excerpt with Madeleine Albright, Steven Soderbergh, Fernando Henrique Cardoso, and Ted Turner. (Source: Bloomberg)

Bron: What Is Success? Big Thinkers Reflect – Bloomberg

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