Improve Your Problem-Solving Skills

While it may seem that some people are born with a strong problem-solving ability, there are basic strategies that a person can use to improve himself.

Well, it’s possible to greatly improve your skills in this area – and the best part is, most of these activities are also very fun!

What Are the Different Types of Problem Solving Skills?
Before we get into the fun activities, let’s improve our understanding of problem-solving skills, which are ways to consistently help you:

Understand the causes of the problems
Overcome temporary problems
Create strategies for solving long-term problems
Turn problems into opportunities
You will be able to solve problems in your field better as you grow in your knowledge of a particular field. But there are also a few problem-solving skills that we all need:

1.Dance Your Heart
Did you know that dancing has a positive effect on neural processing, perhaps developing new neural pathways around the complete blockade of dopamine in the brain?

This means that if you are involved in ballet or other formal dance, doing so can help with changing thinking. In other words, it can help you to find just one, right answer to the problem. If you need help with different thinking (getting more answers to the problem), getting involved in advanced dance genres such as hip-hop or tapping can be just tricky.

2. Work your brain with Logic Puzzles or Games
A winning strategy when you play chess, Sudoku, Rubik’s Cube, or other brain-enhancing games is actually to bring the problem back, not forward. The same strategy can be used in real-life situations.

Build your brain muscles and develop new problem-solving techniques, practice logic puzzles and other games.

3. Sleep Well At Night
In addition to any other sleep or wake condition, Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep directly enhances creative processing in the brain. REM sleep helps to “promote interconnected networks, allows the brain to form new and useful associations between unrelated ideas” and “is not the result of selected memory enhancement” such as memory integration, which occurs when you wake up.
4. Test some iTunes
A study of cardiovascular rehabilitation patients tested verbal speech after a workout with and without music. The results showed that when listening to music while working, participants doubled their scores on verbal tests as opposed to working quietly. According to the lead author of the study, “The combination of music and exercise can stimulate and increase awareness while helping to plan the outcome of comprehension.”
5. Keep an “Idea Journal” with you

Problem solving with a journal You will be able to quickly record important thoughts, write down your experiences, make sketches, and check ideas when you keep an “Idea Journal” with you at all times. Problem solving by organizing your thoughts on paper and visualizing them is easier than having all your thoughts stuck in your head (and will provide better problem-solving strategies).

6. Participate in Yoga
The powerful combination of physical awareness, breathing and meditation required during yoga practice has been shown to greatly enhance psychological scores. Other results from the University of Illinois study include shorter response times, more accuracy, and more attention.

7. Eat More Cheerios (Then Think About)
The result of Cheerios is the name given to scientists by an event that occurs when the last few cheerios in a container stick together regularly. The cause of this phenomenon is global warming.

The point is, when you talk about getting into a fight when you try to solve a problem, hold on to those around you. Rely on the experiences of others, even those who come from different walks of life. Draw a connection. Gather the mind. Work together to get the job done.

8. Use Mind Maps to help visualize the problem
Mind Maps, a visual representation of a problem and its potential solutions, can help focus on the mind, stimulate the brain, enhance creative thinking, and produce alternative solutions.

Create a Mind Map by drawing your problem as a central idea. Enter “major branches” that contain all the causes of the problem. Use “sub-branches” to check out more details.

Next, make a separate Mind Map of all possible solutions to the central problem. Include “major branches” that show all the ways your problem can be solved, such as potential partners, strategies you can use, and other resources you can use. Enter “sub-branches” to further check details. Make the last branch with the most appropriate solution to the big problem. Use “small branches” for details.

With these exercises, you should be able to identify which “branch” or option is the most effective, time-saving, and least expensive way to solve problems.

9. Create a “Psychological Range”
What is the psychological distance? According to construal level theory (CLT), “anything we do not see happening now, here and there.” Other examples include taking someone else’s opinion or thinking of a problem as impossible.

Scientists have shown that by increasing the range of concepts between us and our problem, we will have more creative solutions. This is because abstract thinking helps us to create unexpected connections between seemingly unrelated concepts, thus allowing our minds to develop their ability to solve problems.

10. Play another Soccer
A link has been found between our “higher functions” of the brain and the success of sports. When we work, our brain is quick to do many things between walking, waiting, strategizing, reacting and doing. Doing all of these things at the same time requires a tremendous amount of brain activity.

This can be related to our working world when we plan, think, monitor our actions and solve problems at the same time. Therefore, it can be concluded that when you play soccer or any other fast sport, you stimulate your brain to think, process, and respond to problems.

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