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Analytical thinking is a vital life skill. That is needed for visual thinking. It gives us the ability to scrutinize and resolve problems efficiently and rapidly. Analytical thinking is a very systematic and complex skill that involves breaking down a problem into smaller, more manageable issues. This way of thinking allows us to get to the root of a problem and work our way from there.

Why do we need analytical thinking?

How to tackle the problem is the reason why this type of thinking is essential. And is considered somewhat superior to other problem-solving methods. Here’s what I mean, consider this analogy, let’s say the problem is a rotting tree. Many other problem-solving methods will start with cutting off the rotting leaves of the tree, then the bark while the root remains. Now realistically, the problem has been temporarily solved as the rotting tree is no longer in sight.

However, the real problem is with the root of the tree. And as long as we keep that decaying root, we can’t expect a healthy plant to grow. Analytical thinking allows you to dismantle that decaying root to plant a new seed. What is meant by all of this? It means that analytical thinking allows you to come up with effective, long-term solutions. While some other problem-solving techniques provide you with short-term solutions?

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Analytical thinking steps?

Luckily for us, analytical thinking is broken down into three simple steps. Thus making it very easy for us to implement this method of thinking into our lives. The steps are as follows:

  1. Collecting data: before even attempting to solve a problem, you are going to need to gather as much information as you possibly can about that problem. Having the right information will allow you to ask the right questions. The questions which are needed to solve the problem at hand.
  • Identifying the problem: now, going back to our analogy, you are going to have to find the rotting root of the tree. In other words, you are going to have to figure out what caused said problem. Always remember, that the root is key. You will be able to do so by answering the questions you have asked yourself in the previous step.
  • Organizing your data: once you have completed steps 1 and 2, you’ll find yourself with a load of data. At first, it may seem overwhelming, and here is where step 3 comes along. This step will allow you to sort through your data, turning it from a jumble or sentences into coherent information that you can conclude from. These conclusions are the solution to your problem.
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