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A How-To Guide on Taking up Critical Thinking Completely

A How-To Guide on Taking up Critical Thinking Completely

We all believe that critical thinking is important, yet not a lot of people possess critical thinking skills. Just look around and observe how most people judge instead of think. Some people make decisions without giving any valid reasons, some make judgement on things based on only what they see from the surface.

To take up critical thinking skills effectively and not to let biases and distractions blind us from thinking right, we should understand what critical thinking really means, and what it takes to become a critical thinker.

The Strategy to Master Critical Thinking

9 Powerful Ways to Train Your Mind to Think Critically

You don’t need to go through a whole course on critical thinking to know how to detect fallacies in everyday life. Here are nine practical ways to train your critical thinking.

How To Overcome Biases And Expand Your Mind

To expand your mind, re-learn how to search for and process information without biases. Here are some very good ways to get over the biases in your head.

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How Successful People Think Critically, Instead of Listening to What Others Tell Them

Some effective tools to keep your mind clear and think critically.

How to Think Clearly Without Biases

Confirmation Bias: How It Reinforces Us to Believe the Wrong Things

People with confirmation bias tend to seek information to reinforce their own beliefs. even though the beliefs maybe false. Learn more from the article.

Cognitive Biases That Largely Affect Your Everyday Decisions

There are 20 cognitive biases that can affect our decisions and hinder us from success. Learn more from the article.

Stupid Thinking Errors We All Have Made

Our minds aren’t perfect, and we all have one or some blind spots that block us from thinking objectively. Learn more from the article.

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Thinking Mistakes That Block Us From Thinking Clearly

Sometimes, our thoughts are misguided, leading us to reach the wrong conclusions and make the wrong decisions. Learn more from the article.

We Cherish Thoughts That We Think Are Right, and That’s a Problem

We tend to believe that we know a lot, but the truth says the opposite. Learn more from the article.

The Skills You Need to Think Critically

Characteristics of Critical Thinkers and How to Be One

Critical thinking involves analyzing, evaluating, interpreting, problem solving, and questioning. Learn more from the article.

What Makes Critical Thinks Become High Performers

Critical thinkers are guided through life by their own observations, knowledge, and experience, and not be led.

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How a Critical Thinker Thinks

Wise Questions Critical Thinkers Ask to Make Right Decisions

There are questions that you can ask yourself to trigger the required cognitive process that critical thinkers have.

The Quick Way to Think Critically and Make the Right Decisions

Successful people know how to make everyday decisions quickly. They also know how to pick out vital decisions that need more time and focus.

What Critical Thinking Can Do to Us

Why We All Need to Think Critically in This Noisy World

Our modern society tends to squash essential critical thinking skills with simple directions, spoon feeding problem solving skills to everyone. Learn more from the article.

Critical Thinking Is the Secret Behind Warren Buffett’s Massive Success

What makes Buffett so successful is that he isn’t willing to be a passive recipient of what he learns, instead, he evaluates all the information he has gone through and form his own insights. Learn more from the article.

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How Critical Thinking Differentiates Ordinary People With Outstanding People

We were born similar, but as we grow, we learn from what’s around us and start to think differently. Learn more from the article.

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Last Updated on March 23, 2021

Manage Your Energy so You Can Manage Your Time

Manage Your Energy so You Can Manage Your Time

One of the greatest ironies of this age is that while various gadgets like smartphones and netbooks allow you to multitask, it seems that you never manage to get things done. You are caught in the busyness trap. There’s just too much work to do in one day that sometimes you end up exhausted with half-finished tasks.

The problem lies in how to keep our energy level high to ensure that you finish at least one of your most important tasks for the day. There’s just not enough hours in a day and it’s not possible to be productive the whole time.

You need more than time management. You need energy management

1. Dispel the idea that you need to be a “morning person” to be productive

How many times have you heard (or read) this advice – wake up early so that you can do all the tasks at hand. There’s nothing wrong with that advice. It’s actually reeks of good common sense – start early, finish early. The thing is that technique alone won’t work with everyone. Especially not with people who are not morning larks.

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I should know because I was once deluded with the idea that I will be more productive if I get out of bed by 6 a.m. Like most of you Lifehackers, I’m always on the lookout for productivity hacks because I have a lot of things in my plate. I’m working full time as an editor for a news agency, while at the same time tending to my side business as a content marketing strategist. I’m also a travel blogger and oh yeah, I forgot, I also have a life.

I read a lot of productivity books and blogs looking for ways to make the most of my 24 hours. Most stories on productivity stress waking up early. So I did – and I was a major failure in that department – both in waking up early and finishing early.

2. Determine your “peak hours”

Energy management begins with looking for your most productive hours in a day. Getting attuned to your body clock won’t happen instantly but there’s a way around it.

Monitor your working habits for one week and list down the time when you managed to do the most work. Take note also of what you feel during those hours – do you feel energized or lethargic? Monitor this and you will find a pattern later on.

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My experiment with being a morning lark proved that ignoring my body clock and just doing it by disciplining myself to wake up before 8 a.m. will push me to be more productive. I thought that by writing blog posts and other reports in the morning that I would be finished by noon and use my lunch break for a quick gym session. That never happened. I was sleepy, distracted and couldn’t write jack before 10 a.m.

In fact that was one experiment that I shouldn’t have tried because I should know better. After all, I’ve been writing for a living for the last 15 years, and I have observed time and again that I write more –and better – in the afternoon and in evenings after supper. I’m a night owl. I might as well, accept it and work around it.

Just recently, I was so fired up by a certain idea that – even if I’m back home tired from work – I took out my netbook, wrote and published a 600-word blog post by 11 p.m. This is a bit extreme and one of my rare outbursts of energy, but it works for me.

3. Block those high-energy hours

Once you have a sense of that high-energy time, you can then mold your schedule so that your other less important tasks will be scheduled either before or after this designated productive time.

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Block them out in your calendar and use the high-energy hours for your high priority tasks – especially those that require more of your mental energy and focus. You also need to use these hours to any task that will bring you closer to you life’s goal.

If you are a morning person, you might want to schedule most business meetings before lunch time as it’s important to keep your mind sharp and focused. But nothing is set in stone. Sometimes you have to sacrifice those productive hours to attend to other personal stuff – like if you or your family members are sick or if you have to attend your son’s graduation.

That said, just remember to keep those productive times on your calendar. You may allow for some exemptions but stick to that schedule as much as possible.

There’s no right or wrong way of using this energy management technique because everything depends on your own personal circumstances. What you need to remember is that you have to accept what works for you – and not what other productivity gurus say you should do.

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Understanding your own body clock is the key to time management. Without it, you end up exhausted chasing a never-ending cycle of tasks and frustrations.

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