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Techniques to Enhance Problem Solving Skills

Problem is something which is hard to understand or accomplish or deal with. It can be a task or a situation or even a person. Problem solving involves methods and skills to find the best solutions to the problems. Problem solving is important because we all have decisions to make and questions to answer in our lives. Amazing people like Eleanor Roosevelt, Steve Jobs, Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. are all great problems solvers.
Following are some ways to improve your problems solving skills:
Identify the Problem
It is the ability to identify the nature of a problem, break it down (deconstruct it) and develop an effective set of actions to address the challenges related to it.
Define the main elements of the problem
The next step in problem solving – and in learning problem-solving skills – is an ability to break down the problem into small pieces, or smaller and more manageable parts by defining the main elements of the problem. It is an important step and a skill to develop both psychologically and managerially. Instead of facing a giant or scary or impossible-to-climb monster-mountain, you have to learn how to define smaller roads among the hills and rocks. When you deconstruct a big problem into smaller elements, then you are no longer facing an impossible task and can go about making several very concrete steps to achieve the goal and solve your problem.
Examine Possible Solutions
To find a possible solution is a very tricky step in the problem-solving process, as on the surface it looks like most of the work is already done and the goal is close. But in real, students should not just look for simplistic ways to address the elements of the problem. They should find the most effective ways and turn them into an opportunity to make a strong success story. Steve Jobs often liked to suggest that when his team was confronted with a problem they had to search for an elegant, really beautiful solution that works.
Act on Resolving Problem
To develop a step-by-step execution plan and acting effectively & decisively is the final touch in the problem-solving process. It is also an important skill as it doesnot matter how effectively students identify the problem and define its elements and examine possible solutions; everything still boils down to the ability to perform concrete steps to execute the action plan. Within this problem-solving formula students should also master skills such as monitoring & evaluating the entire action implementation process and – if it is a group undertaking – learn how to delegate certain parts of the work to each other or to external stakeholders.
Besides the above points there are some activities which help you to enhance the problem solving skills:
Workout your brain with puzzle games.
Practice yoga for sometime daily.
Do exercise regularly.
Get a good night sleep
Eat good diet.
Participate in extra curricular activities.

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