Are you a problem solver? Of course, you are, we figure things out every day and solve easy problems such as what to wear and eat, sometimes we tackle much more challenging and complex problems like our next career change and how to get there.
Sometimes we try to sit and think about our problems to the point of frustration because nothing comes up. Sometimes the answers to your problems come from having better questions. By reframing the issue you can hack problem-solving and make things easier.
Question 1. How can I make this fun for me?
Anybody that knows me knows that I hate running. Back when I ran track in high school, nothing about practice was fun. I like to win, winning was fun for me. Every day at practice was another chance to win. If you like to compete, challenge one of your friends to join you in trying something new. The competition will keep you motivated, and having two minds working on the same problem might help you see things from another perspective to learn more even faster.
Question 2. How can I break this down into smaller problems?
This works especially well when trying to learn a new skill because most big skills are a bunch of smaller skills. For example learning to ride a motorcycle includes learning to balance a bike, how to start, stop, and how to shift gears. By themselves these skills are simple and easy to learn, when you put them together you can accomplish bigger goals.
Question 3. What if I do the opposite?
This problem-solving question almost seems silly until you really think about it. If what you’re doing to solve your problem isn’t working maybe trying the opposite might make it work.
While I was preparing the launch of this website I got locked out by my own security. Someone was trying to use my username to get to the front end of my website but guessed the password incorrectly so many time my site blocked the username. That means I couldn’t use my own user to get in my website. So instead of trying to go through the front end, I had to find the backdoor. I’ve never been on the back end of any website before, if I make a mistake back here it’s something I can’t fix. Determined not to destroy the entire site I poked around until I found a way to release the lockout. Doing the opposite is one of the strangest but effective ways to find solutions to your problems.