More Ways to Solve Problems
Here are several more problem-solving techniques for everything
from dealing with personal issues to creating new business ideas.
To begin with, don't forget the public library. Relationship
problems, health problems and others are all covered by a book
somewhere. It's getting easier now too, due to the easy-to-use
computer indexes that many libraries have. If, however, you want
a more creative way to solve problems, without leaving home,
try one of the following techniques.
Assume the Absurd
One technique used to solve problems involves "assuming
the absurd." Putting a store in the home of the consumer
was an absurd idea at one time, but isn't that what television
shopping networks and internet stores do? What at first may seem
crazy can solve your problems or lead to other ideas that do
so. Backpackers get tired of carrying heavy packs, and one had
the "crazy" idea, "What if backpacks had wheels?"
It is for sale right now (the "Wheelpacker"). It can
handle most rough trails with its modified bicycle wheel.
The idea is to pick a few absurd solutions or ideas related
to the problem at hand. Then you work with them for a few minutes
to see what comes to mind. If "assuming the absurd"
is difficult, start by "assuming the opposite." Need
to lower expenses? Assume you need to raise them instead. Find
a way to make sense of that, and you are on your way to creative
Solve Problems by Causing Them
Another way to solve problems is by asking how you can cause
them. This can be a good technique for personal problems. Too
much stress? Think of the most effective ways to cause more stress.
Hmm...promise too much, don't sleep enough, be constantly interrupted,
leave many decisions hanging there unresolved, and so on. Each
of these ways to cause stress can possibly show you something
about how to reduce it: Make fewer promises, sleep more, don't
allow too many interruptions, make a bunch of small decisions
now, to get them off your mind, and so on.
Need more customers? How can you scare them away? The point
is that if you only look at the problem from the perspective
of "how do I solve it?" you tend to see only solutions
based on your hidden assumptions. If, for example, you are assuming
that your stress is simply due to having too many things to do,
you may miss many possible solutions. So looking at how to cause
a problem can show you more ways to solve problems.
More Ways to Solve Problems
Don't forget the internet. Go to Google or another search
engine and try a search using any terms related to your problem.
See what comes up. If your problem is business-related, find
a business similar to yours that has a website. Is there any
information there that indicates how they solve similar problems?