Every now and again there are problems. They can be big problems (finding somewhere to live) or small (having a disagreement with a friend)
Remember with problems big and small there is always help. A great place to start is looking at the problem:
1. DEFINE THE PROBLEM
What are you trying to solve? In addition to getting clear on what the problem is, defining the problem also sets a goal for what you want to achieve.
2. BRAINSTORM SOLUTIONS
What are some ways to solve the problem? The goal is to create a list of possible solutions to choose from. The harder the problem, the more solutions you may need.
3. PICK A SOLUTION
What are you going to do? The ideal solution is effective (it will meet the goal), efficient (is affordable), and has the fewest side effects (limited consequences from implementation).
4. IMPLEMENT THE SOLUTION
What are you doing? The implementation of a solution requires planning and execution. Often it’s not trying to get it “perfect” the first time.
5. REVIEW THE RESULTS
What did you do? To know you successfully solved the problem, it’s important to review what worked, what didn’t.