A normal part of living is dealing daily with problems, of one type or another. For a creative person, these random upsets can produce chaos.
The most simple explanation of what is a problem is “any situation that is unwelcome or harmful.”
In life, there are three ways to deal with any problem.
- Focus on the big picture
- Don’t sweat the small stuff.
- Create a “hack” to go over, under, around, or through the problem!
By “don’t sweat the small stuff,” I mean, don’t worry about or wasting your efforts on small matters. Just define the outcome you are seeking and do what needs to be done to get that outcome.
In life, there are many challenges we need to deal with. The key to living a happier life is to recognize that some battles are not worth fighting. It is much wiser to preserve your energy and your mental health to deal with the larger problems in life.
Sometimes we get upset over little things that truly do not matter. We let the larger more important things slip by because we were focused on the trivial things.
Virtually any problem, no matter how basic or complex, can likely be solved with some lifehack. The key is choosing the best hack for solving the problem.
Without a doubt, the most effective way to understand the power of lifehacking is to deal with problems through EEPPASA thinking. EEPPASA stands for efficiency, effectiveness, precision, productivity, accuracy, and self-awareness.
You can get a more nuanced and detailed understanding of EEPPASA below…
One way to define problems is by exploring their level of complexity. Doing this often enables us access to the appropriate resources and skills to more easily find a solution. I generally define a problem as either:
A Basic Problem is…
A simple challenge. This might include anything that presents even minor discomfort or effort.
A Complex Problem is…
An intermediate challenge that might require some assistance.
An Extreme Problem is…
A challenge involving either misdirected beliefs, poor choices, or so many counter-intuitive variables as to require a team of experts in a collaborative process to come upon a solution, often immediately. This often requires some combination of physical, mental, or emotional obstacles requiring expert advice in order to access a solution.
Let’s explore how each level of a problem gets solved (hacked):
A Basic problem — This problem can be solved by common sense or by learning a basic skill. Going to the store to buy milk or turning off a dripping faucet would be examples.
A Complex problem: This is often a merging or combination of biological, genetic, or physical factors that prevent one from getting from one physical or metaphorical place to another — Think of a boulder in the middle of a road. One deals with an obstacle by going over, under around, or through it. If these options are not effective, we can attempt to transcend the obstacle in some innovative, creative, or intuitive (non-linear) manner.
An Extreme problem: Here, cognitive biases are the source of many problems. An individual may accept an idea as true that is just not so. In addition, one may be presented with contradiction and paradox which makes the problem difficult to solve.
Below are links to articles related to problem-solving and troubleshooting. Click on this graphic above the article to open it.
1. Understanding Applied Game Thinking? For winning the game of life — https://medium.com/p/5cbff431c33/
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