We all strive for a clear and obvious path for success when we have a task at hand. How many of us want to spend any more time on a job than we really must? But getting a task right can be a case of ‘behaviourism’ through trial and error learning, trying to think outside the box. It also depends on how much information we have and the pre-existing knowledge to handle the task.
So, if you wanted to move closer towards a goal/task you take the obvious next steps – so for example, if you want to reach the summit of the mountain or a steep hill you wouldn’t then start walking downhill – you would walk uphill aiming for the top, right? Therefore, to problem solve effectively you need to work towards the goal, gather information and practice so you can predict the next moves. We hear this so often in sports and logic games such as chess but research really backs this. By deliberately practicing with intention the reach the goal that can make you more of an expert in the field.
Here are my 5 top tips for becoming equipped to problem-solving:
- Define the task – clearly identify the problem that needs solving and take some time to think about reasonable actions to take to tackle this most efficiently and effectively.
- Collaboration – can you collaborate your knowledge with someone who knows about the tasks or might have some insight to give you a new perspective and ensure all possible outcomes are thought of. Asking for help or advice is no bad thing!
- Design and implement – once you have thought of the tasks and talked to fellow peers or colleagues then you can look at the design – how long will it take, will you need extra people resources, funding and so on.
- Stay focused – it is easy to drift off from a task and lose focus through procrastination – be strict with yourself and dedicate yourself enough time to complete it.
- You are not alone in this – We are all humans and constantly learning and growing and individuals so do not measure yourself against another. Take your time and go at your pace and work to the goal that is achievable for you.
Become that expert and show the world your talents. You can do this.
“We cannot solve our problems with the same level of thinking that created them.” — Albert Einstein