Problem Solving Skills
Of course, no one likes problems, but they are an inescapable part of life.
But let's think together, why is problem-solving important in these circumstances?
Perhaps your mind is full of problems and you are trying to analyze them continuously, you stay up trying to solve them but to no avail. The mind tends to complicate many problems because it is full of previous experiences and may limit your thinking style and affect your mood, and your capabilities to solve any problem that you may face. Therefore, we are giving you advice in case you are occupied by a certain problem and you are trying to find solutions.
Be careful ... we do not refer here to problem-solving necessarily as solving psychological/mental problems of the brain. The process simply refers to solving every type of problem you encounter in life in an appropriate way. It's important to find effective ways to deal with problems, the following strategies can help you navigate through potential solutions to find the best solutions in almost any situation.
Ways to deal with problems
Formulating and defining the problem
Understand the problem
Form a strategy
Monitoring the progress
Formulating and defining the problem.
Understand the problem
Form a strategy
Monitoring the Progress
Ways to solve problems
1. Formulating and defining the problem:
Defining the problem is the obvious first step, but it is not as simple as it sounds. Sometimes we inaccurately define the source of the problem, making the steps that are performed on the basis of the wrong definition useless.
For example, suppose you face a problem with your studies, identifying the root of your failure is your first priority, the problem here may be that you have not devoted enough time to your studies, or that you have not tried the correct methods. However, if you assume that the problem here is that the topic is very difficult, you will not be able to solve the problem.
2. Understand the problem:
It is necessary to properly understand the problem once it has been defined and formulated, by defining it, further steps can be taken to solve it, during which you also need to take into account different perspectives to understand any problem; This will also help you find solutions with different perspectives.
Now, from the previous example. Suppose you have identified the problem as being unable to devote enough time to your study, if you need to sort out the reason behind it, is it because of procrastination? Were you so busy working? You need to fully understand the problem and the reasons behind it, which is the second step in solving the problem.
3. Formation of a strategy:
Developing a strategy is the next step for a solution. Each different situation will require formulating different strategies.
After you have identified and studied your problem, you cannot jump directly to its solution after two steps, you need to draw a strategy to manage your time correctly. For example, allocate less time to unimportant tasks and add it to your study time, think carefully about your strategy, so you can theoretically at least manage the time to study correctly and not Fail to take exams.
4. Organizing Information:
Another important step in the process is organizing the available information. You have to think:
What do you know about the problem?
What do you not know about the problem?
The accuracy of solving your problem depends on the amount of information available. The hypothetical strategy you are crafting, you now need to think about available information on the topic, use the above questions to learn more about the problem. Correct organization of information will force you to review and improve your strategy for the best results.
5. Identifying resources:
Time, money, resources, etc., you must define it after you define your priorities to solve your problem, if it is very important, more resources will be allocated to solve it, but if it is less, the resources will be less, and if it is not important then it may not require many resources.
6. Monitoring progress
Monitor the progress of problem-solving, document your progress while looking for a solution.
There are a lot of videos about the art of problem-solving
.. General Advice ..
With often conflicting problems and demands in your mind, it can be difficult to find
a solution. When faced with such difficulties, the wise procedure is to get some sleep. After the break, your mind actively works to move through the list and help sort things into a recognizable shape. You may even wake up with some solutions to specific problems.
2. Find out what needs to be addressed and what can wait.
After a good sleep, even if you do not wake up with a concrete solution to the problem, the important thing is that you wake up while you are comfortable and are able to set aside some time to prioritize what is necessary for work and what can wait. Since you can't tackle more than one problem at once, singling out the problem you're going to work on first relieves some pressure and gives you some direction.
3. Divide the problem into smaller parts.
Any problem has different components. Think of it as stages:
The Initial Stage.
The Middle Stage.
The Final Stage.
Like any project or recipe, following the steps and working in stages will help you feel accomplished when completing each one, in addition, once you follow the steps, what seemed impossible or very difficult will not look like that any longer.
4. Make a due date.
Besides specifying the stages or steps that you will follow to solve the problem, you also need to set a deadline, you must take into account the ending dates, this schedule also needs to include the time to search, arrange the resources and get help, taking into account unexpected delays or complications.
5. Use your social network.
Why go into this alone when you can take advantage of your network to help you find potential solutions, overcome ideas and collect suggested methods? Although the issue you are experiencing may be something your network has not tested, the support and encouragement they provide are helpful.
6. Do not compare yourself with others
Everyone deals with problem-solving based on their strengths and abilities. Your approach may not look like someone else's, but this does not make your solution wrong, it's different for everyone so avoid the temptation to compare your efforts with the efforts of others. Also, write down what worked for you. This is because it might be something you can adapt to solve your problem later.
7. Make sure to take a break
Moving forward to solve the problem may lead to a breakdown. It is important to help yourself, take time to think or do something you love or just relax, you can walk, exercise, spend time with friends, or even read a good book. When you enjoy yourself and don't really think about the problem, the stress level decreases.
8. If you find a successful solution, keep it.
If you've used a successful approach in the past, don't automatically ignore it when facing a new problem, each situation is certainly different and may require a completely different strategy, but after you've built a toolkit for problem-solving techniques, you can also use it. Even if you don't decide which of these solutions to use, knowing you've overcome past problems gives you confidence that you can do it again.
9. Learn from every mistake.
While it may seem difficult to realize this at the same time as the problem, the biggest lessons come from errors. By following what didn't work and discovering other ways to deal with the problem, you'll get a valuable insight that will ultimately help you solve it.
10. Celebrate the achievements
Once you've solved your problem, take a moment to celebrate winning. This helps boost your mind that you have what it takes to deal with and solve problems, to deal with deadlines, complications, and difficulties. This strategy helps build your self-esteem while expanding your mental energy to solve problems in the future. Celebrating your achievements also gives you hope for the future and what you will be able to achieve.