Last week we looked at the importance of thorough brainstorming and assessing the pros and cons when problem solving. This week we look at how to make a step by step plan, take action and the review stage in the problem solving process.
Step Four – Plan how to carry out your solutions
This step is critical and the more planning you put in, the less likely it is that something will go awry. Ask yourself the following questions and answer them fully:
- What needs to be done?
- In what order?
- How am I going to do it?
- Is anyone else involved?
- Have I asked them to help yet? (If not, ask now)
Most importantly, always accommodate for the unexpected and have a back-up plan (repeat the questions above for your back-up plan)! For example, if I don’t stick to my budget this month I have to cut my spending next month or if I there aren’t any suitable jobs locally I will look for work in a wider area whereby I may need to commute.
Step Five – Action
Put your plan into action and don’t forget that if anything goes awry you still have that all important back-up plan!