Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Problem Solving Techniques

Every one faces his or her share of problems, and it must be handled quickly and effectively. Here are some techniques that I used, and it might just help you solve your problems.

What is a problem?
according to http://www.thefreedictionary.com problem is an obstacle, impediment, difficulty or challenge, or any situation that invites resolution; the resolution of which is recognized as a solution or contribution toward a known purpose or goal thus requires you to make a difficult decision.
That decision can be about anything-how to answer a perplexing question, how to handle complicated situations, how to convince someone to see your point of view, or even how to solve a puzzle or mystery.

There are different kinds of problems & you might have already faced some of them:
Questions: Does the president of the Philippines approved the R.H. bill? Should you suspect your classmate for stealing?
Situations: Your co-workers have invited you and pressuring you to go to a party tonight, but you already promised your son that you'd help him on a project. What do you do?
Convincing: How do you convince John that he shouldn't treat his girlfriend so poorly?
Solving: Who murdered the two innocent child? How to make money while at home?

Step 1: Identify the Problem
This is essential step because it gives you a sense of the scope of the problem. How difficult is it? How many issues are there? Some times, at first glance, problems seem so big that a solution seems impossible. Other times, you may underestimated the size of the poblem and end up making poor decisions, because you overlook an important factor.
By breaking the problem, you make it more manageable no matter how big the problem is, just take it on one issue at a time.
Step 2: Prioritizing issues
After breaking the problem, it is time to decide how to tackle the issues. Some issues are more important than others, and some must be addressed before others. That's why it is very important to rank the parts of the problem/issues in order in which way they should be prioritized.

Step 3: Relevance of Issues
When breaking a down a problem, it is important that the issues are relevant to the problem. Each issue should be clearly related to the matter at hand. Many times it is obvious when something isn't relevant. It depends upon what the fight is about.
However, keep in mind that personal preferences are often brought in as issues when they shouldn't be.

A problem  is any situation or matter that is challenging to solve, thus requiring you to make a difficult decision. By following these methods, even bigger problems can be manageable to solve. =)

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