Innovation in problem solving

Most of the times, we hit a roadblock when we encounter a problem, be it small or big.

It can be exam results, loss of a personal belonging or even trivial things such as inability to properly tie shoe laces.

How can we be innovative in our approach so that we are able to solve the problem and not be lost in it.

Real life experiences of people have the answers for us and I will try to summarise the same for our readers: –

1. How can I quickly solve the problem

For example: You are unable to locate your house keys in your wallet without realizing that your neighbour has a spare key which you can use

2. Who can help me understand the problem and find a solution: Most of the times, we only depend on our prowess to solve the problem but you help from near & dear one or from an expert depending on the complexity of the problem

For example: You have been caught by Traffic Police for breaking a signal and you have been asked to deposit the license with the authorities and recover it within a stipulated time from Traffic Police Office and if one does not do so in the stipulated time frame, then the license is confiscated and submitted to Court

One is then forced to appear in the Court to get the license back. Now in this case, if you didn’t know the system you could be running from pillar to post to get your license.

In this scenario, it is best to approach a RTO (Road Transport Office) agent to understand how the system works and the best way to deal with the same. You may choose to not engage the RTO agent but it is important to acquire knowledge of the system works and decide how you want to act

3. Can we relate the problem to something we already know

Very often, we think the problem we are facing is completely new and are clueless how to deal with you but the trick is to figure what you know and how you can relate to the problem

For example: You face an unusual situation where your child is not feeling hungry after coming back from full day of school and when you ask your child he/she mentions that the tiffin she ate was very filling and hence not hungry.

You are guessing that she must not be feeling well and hence not hungry so you get worried and take the child to Doctor who tells you that your child is perfectly fine.

Had you thought of the discussion you had with your friend who’s daughter was also not eating her lunch after coming back from school and on investigation she found out that there were a lot of back to back birthdays in school leading to extra consumption of chocolates, wafers and cake hence she would not feel hungry on coming back home you would not have to unnecessarily worry.

Therefore, you have to get out of the box to think ‘out of the box’.

Happy weekend..

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