In order to be effective at problem solving you are likely to need some other key skills, which include: It is worth also considering our own view of what a problem is.
We are constantly exposed to opportunities in life, at work, at school and at home.
However many opportunities are missed or not taken full advantage of.
Often we are unsure how to take advantage of an opportunity and create barriers - reasons why we can't take advantage. All problems have two features in common: goals and barriers.
Following our examples above, if you feel hungry then your goal is to eat.
A barrier to this may be that you have no food available - so you take a trip to the supermarket and buy some food, removing the barrier and thus solving the problem.
This stage may not be necessary for very simple problems but is essential for problems of a more complex nature.
During this stage you will generate a range of possible courses of action, but with little attempt to evaluate them at this stage.
However well prepared we are for problem solving, there is always an element of the unknown.
Although planning and structuring will help make the problem solving process more likely to be successful, good judgement and an element of good luck will ultimately determine whether problem solving was a success.