Sometimes we think in almost any way but critically, for example when our self-control is affected by anger, grief or joy or when we are feeling just plain ‘bloody minded’.
On the other hand, the good news is that, since our critical thinking ability varies according to our current mindset, most of the time we can learn to improve our critical thinking ability by developing certain routine activities and applying them to all problems that present themselves.
A major contribution to ensuring we think critically is to be aware of these personal characteristics, preferences and biases and make allowance for them when considering possible next steps, whether they are at the pre-action consideration stage or as part of a rethink caused by unexpected or unforeseen impediments to continued progress.
The more clearly we are aware of ourselves, our strengths and weaknesses, the more likely our critical thinking will be productive.
 There's curricula in an MBA, or a BCom, etc., that still needs to be there. How can we be better time makers, almost repatriating our time so that we can be better at the creative and critical thinking first, and then still teaching what obviously needs to happen, which is to take action? They don't jump in the kitchen, frenetically and frantically, trying to decide what to do when someone orders something.  How can a B school leader do better in terms of preparing those students with the open thinking curricula and the pedagogy?
Critical thinking is the ability to think clearly and rationally, understanding the logical connection between ideas.
In more everyday language, it is a way of thinking about whatever is presently occupying your mind so that you come to the best possible conclusion.
A way of thinking about particular things at a particular time; it is not the accumulation of facts and knowledge or something that you can learn once and then use in that form forever, such as the nine times table you learn and use in school.
Once you understand the theory of critical thinking, improving your critical thinking skills takes persistence and practice.
Try this simple exercise to help you to start thinking critically.