Logic, Organization and Planning are referred to as “higher order” brain functions which means they are dependent on other processes to be effective. Organization for instance relies on working memory to juggle multiple pieces of information while trying to place them in a specified order. All three functions have to work together to carry out definitive actions in response to specific situations.
It’s logical for a grocery store to organize similar foods in one aisle to help shoppers plan their route and get all the items on the list. Like an organized grocery store, finely tuned higher order functions improve the decision making process by decreasing the time it takes to retrieve relevant information and to come to an accurate conclusion based on the appropriate type of thinking for the situation, either emotional or logical.
Enhancing Logic, Organization and Planning
Invest your time in creating systematic procedures before starting any project or task. Chunking a large project into smaller more manageable pieces is a valuable approach and can decrease the stress that often comes with feeling overwhelmed by the size of a task. One of the most widely used and effective procedural systems is the Scientific Method. A problem doesn’t have to be a science experiment for this procedure to be used.
1.) Ask a question. When you become skilled with the Scientific Method you’ll know how to ask the RIGHT questions.
2.) Do a background search. A little knowledge can be a dangerous thing. Look out for ‘sexy’ facts and eliminate as much uncertainty as possible.
3.) Construct a hypothesis. This is your action statement, keep it simple and clear.
4.) Experiment. Play around but above all see your experiment through to the end before making an evaluation.
5.) Reflect on the findings. Immature minds use a pass/fail evaluation. (I can do a pull up or I can’t do a pull up.) Be a mature thinker and search for bright spots, lagging skills and next steps.
Try the following logic, organization and planning puzzles