Whenever I encounter problems or challenges while working on a client project or writing or doing anything really. . .I always have a process I follow. First, I scream out a few expletives then after I realize it was totally useless (felt good but didn't help) I walk away from the problem so that I can gain some clarity.
Too often we go into reactionary mode after something happens and we immediately try to fix it while being in distress about it at the same time. Usually this makes things worse or it closes off our brain from logical thinking.
I find that once I get up from the computer or close the laptop and take a few minutes to breathe, I can get my creative juices flowing much better. Yes, my creative juices. I think the only way to solve problems is to come up with creative solutions.
Here are some creative ways to solve problems:
1. Mind mapping- take out a sheet of paper and just start writing down ideas to overcome or fix the problem. This will allow you a visual to see a solution. It might be putting two of your ideas together or only completing one step of an idea that turns out to be the fix.
2. Work backwards- It might be as simple as undoing your last step that fixes the entire problem (I recommend saving whatever you're working on first in case that's not the answer).
3. Try changing the environment- If you're working from a laptop move to another room or go outside. If you're on a desktop then open the window or stand while working. Sometimes changing the environment can help open your mind.
And if all else fails, Google it! I've Googled problems and found forums where someone had the EXACT same issue and others offered ideas to help fix the problem and ultimately a solution was found.
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