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Effective problem-solvers use a systematic approach, allowing them to break down difficult problems into smaller, more manageable parts.

How to Use Effective Problem-Solving

Problem solving involves critical thinking, decision-making, creativity, and information processing. Effective problem-solvers use a systematic approach that allows them to break down difficult problems into smaller, more manageable parts.

Problem-solving skills can help you determine the source of a problem and find an effective solution. 

There are four steps involved with problem solving:

  • Analyze
  • Plan
  • Implement
  • Evaluate

There are many strategies involved with the problem solving process:

  • Trial and Error is one of the most commonly used strategies- trying different solutions until finding the one that works in the given situation.
  • Heuristics Problem-Solving with a process or method.
  • Insight Problem-Solving - often referred to as “Gut instincts”- going with your intuition, internal feelings.
  • Working Backward - often used in mathematics- working back from the desired goal
  • Means-End Analysis - helping you get from one point to another by examining/coming up with solutions to the obstacles.

Problem-solving helps to identify and exploit opportunities in the environment thereby giving some control over the future. Problem solving skills and the problem-solving process are a critical part of daily life. 

It is a mental process which involves discovering, analyzing, and solving problems.

  • Identify the Problem - while this seems obvious it is often an overlooked step.
  • Define the Problem - fully address the problem/set goals for what areas of the problem that will be addressed.
  • Forming a Strategy - potential solutions/coming up with ideas/possibilities.
  • Organizing Information - what do you know about the problem/what you do not know.
  • Allocation Resources - determine the priority-what resources will be needed.
  • Monitoring Progress - putting your plan into action and assessing which solution is most effective.
  • Evaluating the Results - When the solution has been reached evaluate the results to determine is it the best solution to the problem.

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5 Effective Problem solving strategies. Saya DesMarais, MSW. Psych Central.
Overview of the problem solving Mental Process. Kendra Cherry, MSED. VeryWellMind.

Michelle Haidacher, LCSW
CHE Quality Assurance Associate