A very large component of writing this blog, or critical thinking in general, is being in the correct mind state.

There are ideas all around you waiting to be plucked and discussed.  Our mere existence necessitates understanding and explanation of why we do the things we do.

Yet most of us wouldn’t take the time to think about them at length, or notice them much at all without some provocation.

When you do something in your day to day work, it’s quite often that there may be something that frustrates you, or that could clearly be improved, or that is drastically different from how other organizations may approach the situation, or seemingly needless altogether, or extremely gratifying, or continually challenging you to adapt and learn new skills, or fundamentally important as a part of your vocation.  The list goes on and on.

Realizing these things during the time of execution is quite common.  The ability to think outside that moment in the grand scheme of a role or as part of a concept is very important, but quite uncommon.

For instance, I may write an email to a coworker asking their opinion, which guides my view on the subject within the parameters of task at hand, which is to be completed in order to further my direction on a project which is part of a larger goal to contribute to our objectives for the year, which in turn is meant as a step toward our organizational ultimate vision.  All this (and I skipped a great deal there) for an email?  Well, yes.

That is critical thinking.

Being in the right mind state, and I do very much think it’s that of an observer outside of your normal processes, is needed to consider such intricacies and mentally critique them for their pros and cons.  Lately I haven’t done a very good job of this, which is why there have been so few posts in February.