There are people who live like they are in a labyrinth: they just move around it and come nowhere. They don’t know if they approach their goals. They come to dead ends, but then choose the same way again. The last feature is about numerous humans, by the way. Once they meet problems, they often do same actions for a few times in order to solve them. If they don’t quit trying, but look for other ways, then it is fine.
In this article, there you can find three ways to solve problems. The first one is about determining your usual behavior. This one is the most important. “Problem solving” means everything a person meets during the day and that requires making a decision.
There are three kinds of problems:
- Main problems.
- Usual problems.
- Unique problems.
You need to learn how to classify problems you meet by dividing them into these three types. This will increase the effectiveness of their solution.
Main Problems: 80% of Focus
These problems appear regularly. Without a doubt, this type is the most widespread and important one. You can solve such problem by generating a rule which describes what to do when this particular trouble appears. To start, you need to learn how to notify daily lessons.
- Behavioral templates.
The reason for this type of problems to appear is the fact that a person is unconscious about them, or just doesn’t have enough motivation or energy to deal with them.
When you learn how to get experience every day, you overcome yourself, concretize your habit and figure out the influence it causes upon your life. For example:
- You noticed, that it is difficult for you to wake up in the morning;
- You see, that you can’t make yourself work in the same time of the day;
- You found out that you tend to become irritable in a particular everyday situation.
Main problems show up on a daily basis, and that is their main feature. When you notice certain patterns and determine overall problems, you need to introduce a rule to follow when the problem would appear again. Note that rule, keep it before your eyes on purpose, introduce it as soon as possible. This is how you can turn it into a habit.
Usual Problems: 15% of Focus
Usual problems appear from time to time, yet frequently enough for them to be noticed. Analyzing the consequences of the worst scenery is a good solution here. It works like next:
- What is the worst thing that could happen? (event)
- What is a chance for it to happen? (estimated probability)
- Can I take that risk for myself? (perceived risk)
An event multiplied by an estimated probability is equal to a risk you perceive. But this method has one lack: it depends on your current mood. When you are in a bad mood, you can overestimate a threat and refuse making a decision. While you are in a good mood, things go vice versa.
But still, this method is much better than doing nothing (that is how the most people usually behave). They have numerous problems, but don’t solve them because of being lazy, because of a fear, because it is much better to do nothing and to expect things to get better on their own.
Unique Problems: 5% of Focus
Unique problems are rare to happen and difficult to be predicted. They are like black swans. What is bad is that, people think about them during 95% of their time.
They pay for it on two levels:
- They worry about things that are doubtfully like to happen. Anxiety causes unnecessary stress.
- They spend time and mental space which could be used more productively for other goals.
Stressed people are contagious. When you communicate to such people, you start being irritable, too.
The best way to deal with unique problems is to be prepared for them. For instance, you are afraid of something to happen to your computer:
- It can break;
- It can be stolen;
- You can lose access to important information.
Despite the fact that the probability of such event is critically low, you can’t get rid of worries. You can upload your files onto any cloud service and to have access to them even if you lose your computer. The point is to throw thoughts about such problems out of your head.