Analytical thinking is critical in the modern workplace; it helps when gathering data, solving complex problems and making rational decisions. Following are some ways to improve analytical thinking skills:
• Read books – keeping your mind active is a central element to improving analytical thinking; by reading regularly and questioning what you have read you can highlight issues and raise questions about what you have learnt.
• Ask questions – curiosity helps you to focus on a subject which then engages your cognitive functions, such as memory and attention. This can help develop problem-solving skills and aid with retention of what is learnt.
• Play brain games – games like Sudoku and crossword puzzles can help your brain to remain active and develop your analytical skills – it is also a fun pastime.
• Think about decisions – making decisions is a way of life these days. You should take the time to think about, and rationalize, why you made a particular decision and whether another option is a better solution.