6 Steps to Effective Problem Solving

Sometimes, it is not enough to just cope with the problems – they need to be solved. Most people face problems every day. It occurs  for many of the small decisions made on a daily basis.

State the problem as clearly as possible. Be specific about the behaviour, situation, timing, and circumstances that make it a problem.

1: Identify and define the problem

List all the possible solutions, ignore quality of the solution at this stage. If you be creative you may come up with solutions that you would not otherwise have thought

2: Generate possible solutions

The next step is to go through and eliminate less desirable or unreasonable solutions Order & Evaluate  remaining solutions in terms of their advantages and disadvantages

3: Evaluate Alternatives       

Specify how the solution will be implemented and by whom when the solution will be implemented. For example: tomorrow morning, phone the person and talk about the matter

4: Decide on a solution      

Implement the solution as planned, for example : call intended person and tell him about the problem and negotiate in your favor

5: Implement the Solution 

Evaluate how effective the solution was. Decide whether existing plan needs to be revised or not if the new solution is to find then return to step 2  and process all steps again

6: Evaluate the outcome

Problem solving is something we do every day. Some problems are small or easily solved - others are more complicated and can seem overwhelming.

One way of tackling problems is to use  specific and systematic problem solving procedure Learning to solve problems effectively will help you to minimise stress in life and improve sense of well-being