How many decisions do we make in a day? I’m not just talking about the important ones like what questions we’ll ask during an interview for a new hire or whether or not you should speak up for our ideas during the next department meeting. I’m talking more general than that. If we include the mundane decisions like what size coffee to get in the morning, which route to take home from work or even whether to phone or e-mail someone. How many decisions do we make in a day? I’m willing to guess it’s hundreds.
From personal experience, I’m not convinced that we all do.
My morning routine is a perfect example: Yesterday, I was running late and chose to not get coffee even though I know it is a part of my “ramp up” routine in the morning. Without it, I was left groggy and less productive. Would it have been better to be five minutes late and productive all day? Yes and if I critically thought about the situation I would have stopped. Instead I let my assumption that punctuality is more important than the luxury of Dunkin’ Donuts coffee trump my ability to assess the situation.
Critical thinking is a buzzword in the workplace but it shouldn’t stop there. Even if it’s a morning routine, the decisions we make, no matter how mundane, affect other aspects of our lives. Why shouldn’t we be thinking critically about them?
Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Elizabeth Pauker-Silva