I’ve often thought of problem solving as having one single purpose – to solve any given problem. Whilst this is mostly true, this fails to give enough credit to the problem solving process as when we problem solve we develop and master many other secondary skills.
In order to problem solve effectively we need to disengage our anxious mind so as to think objectively about the situation, so often calming techniques such as breathing exercises are advantageous.
If you are experiencing a problem at present, are anxious about it and would like to problem solve please read my article on mindfulness first as this will help you to calm your mind in preparation for effective problem solving. The article is titled ‘How to stop living on auto-pilot and live for the moment’. Once calm you will be in the right mind frame to problem solve.
Other skills hugely enhanced by problem solving include analytical ability and our organisational aptitude, both of which are greatly used during the problem solving process.
So the next time you are faced with a problem view it as an opportunity to develop not only your problem solving ability, but also many other valuable skills.
Do you find it hard to calm yourself when you are faced with a problem? Have you tried mindfulness? Have you noticed your organisational and analytical skills were improved by engaging in problem solving? Please share your thoughts in the comments below to gain encouragement, insight and support from our community, we’d love to hear from you.