Problem Solving

Problem Solving
Special thanks to whoever put this quote into graphic format!

Problem solving remains one of the curious mysteries to modern society. It feels like everyone can find a problem. However, the same problem finders lose their minds when asked for a solution. I humbly submit the following notes on fundamental problem solving.

Problem Solving Process

  1. Begin by clearly identifying the problem.
  2. Next, write a list of the possible solutions.
  3. Then, consider the consequences of each solution you listed.
  4. Next, decide which solution best fits your needs.
  5. Finally, create and begin an action plan to use your solution. 

Examples of Problem Solving

  1. I presently struggle to play “True To The Faith” by Evan Stephens on the piano
    • Try simplifying the accompaniment and slowly work the notes in. (Not my goal) 
      • Simplifying the accompaniment slows down my ability to learn the song.
    • Look for alternative arrangements of the song and practice those instead. (Not my goal)
      • Learning to play an alternative arrangement means avoiding the song I struggle with.
    • Figure out the best finger placement and practice the song daily. (Best Solution)
      • Figuring out the finger placement takes more effort to practice.
  2. My employer requires me to maintain a level of fitness above my current capabilities.
    • Create and follow a workout plan specific to my employer’s requirements. (Best Solution)
      • Requires work and dedication without the benefit of external motivation.
    • Follow a generic fitness program that focuses on overall fitness. (Not fast enough)
      • Takes more time to reach my fitness requirements, though overall fitness benefits long term.
    • Commission an employer provided fitness coach to reach my goals. (Time Constraints)
      • Provides highly focused programs at the cost of a time commitment outside of work.

Closing Question

What problems could you solve with this process?

I grew up in Colonia Juarez, Chihuahua, México, where people either owned cattle ranches or fruit orchards. Much of my work ethic came from working on Rancho La Mesa (my family’s ranch). That ranch also sparked what grew into my wild imagination. I read somewhere that you should write the story you want to read, and that stuck with me. My writing began in sixth grade, around the time I began learning to type.