This is especially useful for teenagers who struggle to manage time and priorities.
How do you solve problems?
1. Focus on the solution rather than on the problem
Scientists who study the brain and understand the processes that occur in it recommend that we solve problems from the end to the beginning, that is, we have to think about the solution, not the problem. This is because our brain finds it hard to find the solution when we concentrate on the problem.
One of the best problem-solving tips is not to say "no" to any solution. Write down any possible solution that comes to mind for a problem you are dealing with, even if it seems silly and can’t really be used. Why should you do this? Because this method will enable you not to suppress your creativity, which will lead you to more creative, more effective solutions. Along with all the other tips you’ve learned here, this method will help you solve any problem in a way that suits you and your lifestyle.
2. Make sure you solve the right problem
We usually look for shortcuts to help fix our situation quickly, but this doesn’t help us solve the root of the problem, and therefore its various forms will continue to emerge later on.
3. Slow down your pace
Problems make us feel uncomfortable, so we try to solve them as quickly as possible. However, it is important to slow down and take your time when trying to think about a solution, instead of immediately jumping on any option that seems appropriate to us. Not only will this help you reach more correct conclusions and decisions, but you will also be able to provide yourself with breathing space and a quick break from the problems that have not yet been resolved.
4. Don’t get stressed
It is easy to get stressed when faced with a problem that affects our lives and disrupts our plans, but this pressure negatively affects the clarity of our thought and creativity when trying to find a solution to problems. All the adrenaline that floods your body distracts you and does not allow you to relax or think in a balanced way. So, to develop proper problem-solving skills, take a few breaths, go for a walk, and do anything else to help you remain calm and stay clear headed.
5. Continue asking "Why?"
To understand your problems in depth there is a little trick that can be done with the brain that children use all the time when something is troubling their minds – asking "why?" Start with a series of “whys” till you get the root cause.
6. Simplify your problem
Most problems are complicated, and if they actually aren’t, they sure seem it to us. Once you’ve simplified your problem into solvable parts, work on each one separately, eventually solving the big problem. Do not try to fix them all together, slowly work on each one and eventually the problem will disappear even without you noticing.
The important thing is to slow down your pace and keep thinking creatively thinking about solutions that will help you get out of your situation, not the problems that make your life difficult.