Recommend you read this book if you spend lots of time on autopilot with no real engagement in thought this is not critical thinking, this is automatic thinking.
Book encourages you yo think “so what”, ask what the common purpose or goal is.
Anticipatory thinking, think about which tasks can go together and also think “what is next”. This may help you perform a task in a certain way.
Think “what else (could possibly cause this)”, this triggers more critical thinking.
Describes the difference between facts and what often people say. Use caution if someone says this always happens.
Suggests assumptions can be useful and valid.
Getting to a conclusion and being able to work out how you got there is good an example of critical thinking.
Use critical thinking for important decisions such as hiring someone whereas use automatic thinking for unimportant things such as which side of bus to sit on.