It's clear from tonight's game that my #1 priority has to be to get a reasonable thinking process in place. First off, lately I have been playing not so well, though there have been some nice games here and there. But last night I played really crappy chess, and I determined that for my league game tonight, the most important thing was to at least run the checks, captures, threats routine for every move. Well, basically I followed through and did this and was winning, and getting closer and closer to actually finishing him off. But my "thinking process" was draining the time, and I got into mild time pressure. That is, I was down to about 10 minutes. I think what happened was mostly the time issue but also combined with the feeling that I was totally winning and just needed to wrap it up led me to stop using the checks, captures, threats routine. Basically, I just started making the first move that seemed reasonable. Quickly disaster descended.
So the first take away is just being consistent with applying my process. But I think a second important point for me to notice was that my thinking was still pretty chaotic. I would get distracted and back track and stuff like that. I think the point here is that it is going to take me practice to get used to using this process consistently, but that with practice it should get more comfortable, and more efficient. When it gets more efficient it won't drain the time as badly.
So the question is, if I believe that practice will improve my ability to implement a thinking process, then how should I practice. Top is obviously in games. Secondly, though I think when I am making my no engine correspondence moves. Another idea I had though was to do the thinking process for every tactics problem I get served. I think this is a good idea and will give me lots of practice if I do it.
I will still be practicing tactics, and looking at strategy like the attacking chess stuff. But I think this has to be my biggest priority right now.