It is an understatement to say that I’ve learned a lot from my dad. He can fix anything. I have this great memory of coming home from school to my dad sitting on the floor surrounded by the washing machine in about 1,000 pieces and thinking to myself, “There is no way this is ending well.” I won’t act like I didn’t hear any choice words whispered under his breath, but somehow the next day that washing machine was working like new.
Here’s why I love it:
- It requires higher order thinking. Evaluating a decision and potential outcomes is one of the highest thinking skills on Bloom’s Taxonomy.
- A Pro Con list makes the abstract, concrete. Decision making (and thinking in general) are abstract. However, once you put potential outcomes and realities on paper, it becomes concrete, hence helping you make better decisions.
- It’s universal. If you can write, you can do a Pro Con list. Adults and children alike can benefit from this practice.
- You have a record of what you were thinking long after the decision is relevant. I found a Pro Con list that I made years ago when I decided to go to pursue my doctorate in education instead of law school. Not only is it interesting to see how far you’ve come from that decision, but it is also validating to remember why you made that decision.
- It really does help you make the best decision, and even if it doesn’t work out perfectly, at least you know you made an informed decision.