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Problem Solving Made Easy

If your problems are getting you down most of the time, chances are you're one worried individual. The problem in this situation is your ability to handle problems. The cause of all kinds of worrying is failure to resolve problems and issues. So today I'm going to help you tackle any problem with ease using a step-by-step method that focuses specifically on problem analysis.

The first step is to collect all of the facts related to your problem. At this point, you need hard facts about the problem. After listing all the facts of your problem, use the following guide questions to solve your issue:
  1. What specific options do I have when it comes to solving this problem? What are my major choices? What are my back-up options if my major options don't work?
  2. Which solution should I implement as soon as possible? If this solution doesn't solve my problem, what is my second option? (Rank your solutions so you have a list of problem-busting solutions.)
  3. What kind of timeframe am I looking at? Will I implement the solutions today? Will I be implementing the solution next week?

Keep Worrying at Bay by Keeping Busy

People often find it hard to turn away from excessive worrying. The formula is the same almost everywhere: the worrying starts the moment a person wakes up, and reaches a fever pitch just before he or she falls asleep again at night. To a person who has never tried to manage worrying before, this is already a nightmarish situation that seems to have no visible exit.

It's as if a chronic worrier is trapped in an invisible cage of torment with no way out of the cage. Well, right now I want to tell you that there are ways out of the invisible cage of torment. And one of the easiest ways to fight worrying is by literally crowding it out of your mind.

You see, the human mind does have its limitations. While it's true that anyone can become capable of immense creativity, it doesn't mean that the brain can focus on several things all at once. Luckily for us, the human mind can only consciously focus on one thing at a time. It can't process in a parallel fashion; it can only process one stream of thought.

And if you choose to change your stream of thinking by keeping yourself busy, you'll be displacing worry in your mind. You can't worry and work at the same time if you focus intently on your other activity. Soon enough, you'll become so engrossed in what you're doing that you won't have the time or energy to worry anymore.

Fix Your Schedule and End Worrying for Good

One of the most common causes of chronic worrying is the inability to create workable daily schedules. It's quite easy to write down a "to do" list, but it's very hard to finish everything on that list -- especially if there's no priority system in place. Are you ready to conquer your fear of not being able to finish everything that you've been planning to do?

Let's get started! The first step is to write down everything you have to do on a daily basis. We're talking about work and daily routines here, so make sure that you list everything that you have to do every single day, without exception. If you can buy a journal for your worry-busting activities, do so. After writing down everything that you need to accomplish for the day, I want you to start ranking these activities.

Use a scale of one to three, one indicating the most important tasks and three indicating the least important. Don't focus too much on ranking most of the items as most important. That is not possible; there has to be prioritization. Otherwise, you'll feel overwhelmed.

After ranking all of the activities that have you have listed, create another list with all of the items marked with "1." Do this again for items that have been marked with "2" and "3." The first list will be your priority list, while lists 2 and 3 will only be accomplished once you have made some headway into your first list. Strike off items as you accomplish them.

For more information, pick up the Nook version of“How To Stop Worrying“ at Barns and Noble.

  You can also buy the PDF.


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