Effective Problem Solving
Problemsolving is a way to develop alternative strategies when obstacles arise.
It’s old, wellused, and invariably true: the problem contains the answer! This means that when we focus on exploring the problem the solution will reveal itself.
Problemsolving means repeating the process of looking for solutions. The more you do this, the more you learn about the nature of the problem.
You may need to be patient. Problemsolving can take time. Remember that you can find a solution quickly, but the solution always takes time. If you haven’t repeated and processed, you probably only have a solution.
Sometimes we are better at problemsolving when we detach ourselves from the problem entirely. We can do this with activity  run, cycle, write, make music, socialise. We can even do it when we are sleeping! Hence the old saying 'to sleep on it'. This 'unconscious processing' can be very effective.
Really Simple ProblemSolving
Answer these four questions:

What did you try to do?

What were the problems you had?

Why were these problems for you?

What can you do about these problems?
Checklist for Effective ProblemSolving
Longterm orientation  Am I looking for a longterm solution to this problem – one that would prevent similar problems happening in the future, or that would help us solve similar problems more quickly?
Asking advice  Can I make the time and space to find the most appropriate person for advice on how to solve this problem?
Changing activities and schedules  Can I change my activities and schedules to give me enough time and space to try new things out or spend longer searching for solutions?
Taking A Break  If I need a break from this problem, can I change my activities and schedules to go and have a social chat with someone or talk about less pressing problems, so I can come back to this problem fresh?
Getting a solution  Now I’ve got a solution, who needs to know and can they help me improve the solution?
Review  Was the solution implemented successfully? If not, what could I have done better?
Learning  How and with whom do I share my learning in solving this problem?