Trying new restaurants while spending time catching up with those I love is one of my favorite things to do. But there’s one aspect of it that causes me some pretty unnecessary anxiety (not including the exorbitant prices for small plates these days): Choosing an item off the menu. If there are more than five options, I sometimes have to close my eyes and point in order to pick one.
Unfortunately, this halphazard approach doesn’t really work when it comes to making more important decisions or problem solving . When you have two job offers on the table, for instance, relying on where your finger lands is pretty risky. Nor is it helpful when you need to decide how to fix a potentially deal-breaking data glitch before your client finds out ( Oops —sorry we accidentally charged you $1,000,000 instead of $1,000! We have no idea where those extra zeroes came from).
You’re not going to make the right choice every single time—you aren’t perfect, and neither is life. But you can increase the probability that you’ll do the right thing. How so? By utilizing critical thinking.
This video will take you through a five-step process of how to do this in the best and most efficient manner. The first step? Clearly outlining exactly what you need to figure out. Good luck!
Abby works in health education and prevention at a university in Washington, DC. When she’s not trying to make the world a healthier place, you can find her taking selfies with her cat (Mildred Meow Meow), hunting down the city's best grilled cheese, or zipping through the city on her bike, named Libby. Say hi on Twitter.More from this Author