The world is changing around us faster than ever, and this is especially true in the world of big data and analytics. This fast-paced change requires sharp critical thinking skills to keep up and adapt along with the surrounding environment. To maintain and build these skills, one of the most important things to consider throughout the day is how you can challenge your mind. According to Harvard Health, “cognitive and social engagement have been shown to protect against cognitive decline.” Challenging our minds can lead to changes in the brain that allow us to make new connections, improve cognitive function and ultimately to a more fulfilling lifestyle.
Challenging your mind does not always come in the workplace, but learning new work skills can certainly play a role. For example, training courses, learning new technologies, skills and applications or working through difficult projects can present a meaningful, productive challenge. Professional development classes and training sessions can provide you with valuable skills to help advance your career while also keeping your mind sharp.
However, this does not need to be limited to challenges in the workplace. Some of the most meaningful and impactful exercises can come outside of the office. Finding a task or hobby that you enjoy, and that also challenges you, can have just as much impact on your critical thinking skills. If you are looking for a new way to challenge yourself, consider learning an instrument, a new language, a new sport or game or simply begin challenging yourself with exercise to keep both your mind and body healthy!