How many times have you found yourself saying there was no other solution to a problem and that this problem leads to a dead-end, how many times have you been perplexed to know that the problem you is before you is one that you cannot solve?
No clues. No options. No solutions.
Did you feel that you had exhausted all possible options and are still facing the big, unconquerable and impregnable mountain?
When you encounter such enormous problems, it may appear that you are hammering against a mountain of steel. The pressure of having to solve this problem can be overwhelming.
But rejoice! There may still be some hope! With some creative problem-solving techniques, you can look at your problem in a different light. And that light may just be the end of the tunnel that leads to possible solutions.
First of all, in the light of creative problem solving, you must be open-minded to the fact that there may be more than just a solution to the problem. And, you must be open to the fact that there may be solutions to the issues that you considered unsolvable.
Now, with that optimistic mindset, we can try to be a little more creative in solving our problems. Number one, perhaps the reason why we cannot solve our problems, is that we do not carefully analyze what the problem is.
Here, trying to understand the problem and having a concrete understanding of how it works is essential to solving the problem.
If you know how it works, what the problem is, you have a better basis for solving it. Not trying to make the simple statement of what the problem is.
Try to identify the participating entities and what their relationships are to each other. Take note of the things you hope to gain the chance to lose with the current problem. You now have a simple statement of what the problem is.
Number two; try to take note of all the restrictions and assumptions you have with the problem words. Sometimes it is these assumptions that obstruct our view of possible solutions. You need to identify which premises are valid, which premises need to be addressed.
Number three; try to solve the problem in parts. Solve this from an overview of the most specific parts of the problem.
This is called a top-down approach. Write down the question and then create a one-sentence solution for it.
The answer should be a general statement of what will solve the problem. From here, you can develop the solution even further and increase its complexity little by little.
Number four; while it helps to have critical thinking on board when solving a problem, you should also keep an analytical and creative voice at the back of your head.
When someone presents a potential solution, try to think about how you can make that solution work. Try to be creative. At the same time, look for cracks in the armor of this solution.
Number five; remember that there may be more than just one solution being developed at the same time.
Try to keep track of all responses and their developments. Remember that there may be more than just a solution to the problem.
Number six; remember the saying: “two heads are better than one.” That is more true than it looks. Always be open to new ideas. You can only benefit from hearing all the thoughts that each person has.
This is especially true when the person you are talking to has had experience solving problems similar to yours.
You don’t have to be a solo hero to solve the problem. If you can organize collective thinking on the subject, it would be much better. Number seven; be patient.
As long as you persevere, there is always a chance that a solution will present itself. Remember that no one was able to create an invention for the first time.
Creative thinking exercises can also help you in your search for a more creative problem solver. Here’s an example. Take a piece of paper and write any words that come to mind in the center.
Now, look at that word and write the first two words that come to your account.
This can continue until you can build a tree of related words. This helps to create analog skills and strengthen your creative processes. So, the next time you encounter a problem, you think you can’t solve it, think again.
The solution may be just looking at you in the face.
It just takes a little creative thinking, some planning, and a lot of work.