How You Can Improve Your Problem Solving
Whether it’s something simple like deciding where you want to eat (actually is that even easy?) or trying to solve a business-related issue, making decisions is something that we do every day. Making those decisions though can be a lot harder than you think and it’s what can make the difference between a successful and unsuccessful business.
To help with any decision-making skills, you should be looking to improve your problem-solving skills. By analysing and thinking of ways to solve the issue, decisions become much easier to make. You know exactly what’s important, which is crucial for saving time as you make your way to a solution.
Below we have four different ways to help you improve your problem solving and solve any difficult situation.
- Create a step-by-step process
Psychologists and researchers have developed a general approach for discovering a solution to a problem. The technique first identifies the issue, then a strategy should follow of how you’re going to tackle this problem. This can depend entirely on the situation and your preferences so you need to ensure that your solutions are feasible and the best way to overcome this is by creating multiple ideas.
Once you’ve decided on the solution, then it’s time to monitor its progress. When coming up with a solution it should be measurable so it’s easier for you to assess whether or not you’re reaching the desired destination. If not, then it might be time to have a tweak or implement an alternate strategy.
Once it’s complete, you should evaluate the end result. How did the solution measure against your goals? Did you manage to stay within the budget? If you did, then the solution was a success. If not, then you should try a different approach the next time.
- Ask the right questions
Asking questions is what makes us better, there’s no such thing as a stupid question! But you need to consider whether you’re asking the right questions.
Your questions can’t be broad, for example, instead of asking “why aren’t I getting more sales?” you should be asking a solution orientated question such as “what can I do differently than my competitors?” or “what can I do in the next two months to increase sales?”
- Ask for help
There’s nothing wrong with asking for help. Don’t be one of those business owners who are too stubborn to ask for help whilst watching their business become stale and irrelevant.
Put your ego aside and ask others for help. Even if you could solve the problem on your own, working with others can help bring in fresh ideas and views on different areas that can actually make a huge difference.
Friends and family are a great place to start because they can always offer support and encouragement. When it gets to the nitty and gritty for business, you may want to turn to colleagues, mentors, coaches etc. who will bring value to any problem-solving issues you might be facing.
- Change your mindset
When you see a problem, you often avoid it for as long as you can before you have to face it. Let’s be honest, who wants to deal with something that’s going to be stressful, frustrating, overwhelming etc.
But you should try and change your mindset from this common distinction of problems and instead think of them as a way to grow, this will actually reduce your stress levels about finding the right solution. If you much calmer and see it as a growth opportunity, your mind will find breaking down the problem much easier.
This doesn’t happen overnight though, you can’t wake up the next day and automatically change your problems to opportunities. To help with the process, it’s best that you realise that problems are inevitable. The sooner you’re able to come to terms with this, the much better equipped you’ll be to approach any issues with open-mindedness.
The first issue you have to overcome with problem-solving is your mind, once you know exactly how to control your mind and improve the thought process it goes through when problem-solving, then you’ll be able to adapt and solve any issue without a problem. It’s sometimes you just need to take a second and have a step back to understand what’s going on. Once you know, it’s time to come up with your strategy on how you’re going to overcome it.