22 April 2010

If there's a problem- Yo, I'll solve it

Life is full of possibilities - and problems. Whether big or small, I came up with a step-by-step plan that should hopefully will guide me through the problem-solving process.

1. Analyze Situation
2. Identify Problem
3. Find a Solution
4. Implement Solution (Solve the problem)
5. Move Forward

Day 095: You can get through this

After a particularly rough week, I was talking to my mom about this and she said, "But, Jeannette, it's not always that simple." And she's right. So let me go over the fine print.

1. Analyze Situation
This may happen over a period of several days where you go mental and black out. Don't worry, you won't have any idea that you're going mental or that you're blacking out certain events. Typically you'll find out when friends say things like, "What do you mean by 'I feel like I never see you any more'? I was just at your apartment on Wednesday!?" The very process of analyzing a situation can increase your stress level tenfold. You'll be stressing out anyway, may as well talk it over with friends and family - let them help you find a path toward clarity.

2. Identify Problem
You may need to score some Xanex; it'll help you cool your jets and think clearly (see #1). While you're busy analyzing the situation, try to consciously think about what's really happening. And, again, the bigger problems require an outsider's view; be sure to talk things over with those you're closest to.

3. Find a Solution
The solution should slowly start to reveal itself during steps one and two. Don't let it get too complicated. Try to whittle your solution down to something easy and manageable. I tend to see most solutions as a multi-step process. Regardless of how you see it, put it on paper. A long time ago I saw some quote that something along the lines of, "People who achieve their goals put their plans on paper."
(I could've looked for the quote, but I was worried it was some sort of salesy quote to get people to buy Franklin-Covey planners (I kind of think it was) - but whatever.)

4. Implement Solution (Solve the problem)
See, I told you to write your solution on paper. If you had done what I asked, you'd be following a checklist that you wrote way back in Step 3.

5. Move Forward
It's done. Move on. None of this wondering about "What if I had... I should have... I could have...." You can't change the past. You made a decision, created a plan and implemented it. You have to think about the possibilities while you're searching for a solution, not after you've implemented the solution.

Move along, please.

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Listening to: Chrisette Michelle - Blame it on me
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3 comments:

  1. Well this is a very timely post for me. :) I will apply this to my quandary and see how it goes. Thanks!

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  2. Call Obama. I'm still waiting for him to fill up my gas tank.

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