Thought Process of Others
Before we delve into my interpretations of how to be analytical, it could be beneficial to weigh the experiences of others exploring the same topic. That is why this post will be dedicated to learning from other bloggers and responding to their perspectives. Hopefully, we can build a proper informational foundation to best develop our thought process. After all, that is what being analytical is all about, isn’t it?
The first blog I would like to discuss was written by a fellow student at the University at Buffalo. Jenna Behm recently posted about her difficult decision to continue participating in or leave a club at school in a post called “First Decision”. Her choice, eventually, was to leave and what seemed to bother her most was how long it took to come to that conclusion. After this selection, she came across an article on how to make proper decisions, which offered a better way she could have approached this choice. Behm wrote, “Instead of thinking of other options, I had only two thoughts: to leave or not” (2017). She put herself in a narrow frame of mind and forgot that there may be another way to make the situation more comfortable. After weighing this new information, the hindsight of knowing that there could have been other options may have made the decision quicker and easier. When learning to improve your analytical skills, the most productive use of your time is reflecting on past judgements to achieve progress in the future.
Another interesting blog that I came across was called “Why Successful People Spend 10 Hours A Week Just Thinking” by Brian Scudamore (2016). He wrote “surgeons aim to have maximum impact with minimum intervention…accomplishing this is about careful planning. The actual surgery — the physical work — is only a small part of the process” (Scudamore, 2016). He describes thinking as a powerful tool that helps you prepare and accomplish your goals in the most efficient way possible. This is applicable to any circumstance that requires a change. In this world there are “thinkers” and “doers”. Doers do not think enough and make mistakes, so you would probably believe that thinkers do not do enough. On the contrary, thinkers do not have to do all that much, because they thought of the best way to do it and succeeded. Being analytical is a virtue that pays dividends in the long run and is more than a worthwhile skill to advance.
Behm, J. (2017, September 25). First Decision [Web log post]. Retrieved from https://medium.com/the-challenge-of-decision-making/first-decision-deef935ff68d
Scudamore, B. (2016, April 26). Why Successful People Spend 10 Hours A Week Just Thinking [Web log post]. Retrieved from https://medium.com/the-mission/why-successful-people-spend-10-hours-a-week-just-thinking-79a5b16eb404