Solve your problems

A simple problem-solving plan can help tackle difficult issues, whether big or small.

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Problem solving step-by-step

Most of us can feel overwhelmed from time to time by the situations we face in life.

Sometimes it’s all focused on one large problem – like debt, difficulties at work, or a family crisis.

Other times you might just get ground down by one issue after another. Each one by itself might be something we could cope with, but when they keep coming day after day all these smaller hassles can all feel too much.

Your problems might feel like mountains – so large you don't even know where to start.

The best way to get over a mountain is to break it down into steps. The same applies to problems.

Following this series of five small, steady steps can help you get on top.

Five steps for solving your problems

Step one

Identify and clearly define the problem as precisely as possible. Break it into chunks.

Step two

Think of creative ways to tackle the first chunk. Think up as many solutions as possible to achieve your initial goal. Include ridiculous ideas as well.

Step three

Look at the advantages and disadvantages of each possible solution. Then choose and idea, and make a plan to do it.

Step four

Check the plan, and put it into action. Are you aiming at just one thing? Is it realistic? Is it slow? Is it easy? Are you ready to unblock it?

Step five

Then carry out the plan. Whatever happens, learn from it. That way your plans get better and better over time.

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