simplicity based problem-solving principle
So, how can I simplify my own thinking and problem-solving process? The biggest mistake I make is making the most simple. I tend to start from the beginning and I’d like to improve, but I don’t want to become like the next guy. So, I’ll try to make the most simple of the simplest possible solutions.
Sometimes the most simple solution is the hardest to come up with. I think one of the best ways to learn how to simplify is to use the problem-solving principle. You should start by defining a problem or problem-solving goal right off the bat. Then work backward, starting with the simplest thing to create the most simple of the most simple.
For example, if you decide that “I need to figure out a way to get rich faster,” you should probably work backward and start with something as simple as “Get a job at a grocery store.” That way, when you realize that it’s really complicated, you’ll have no problem taking all the steps required to get there.
If you think back to simple problems youve faced, you’ll remember one of the most common ones you were dealt. For example, what kind of food do you need to eat to be happy? I can think of a few different food groups, and the last time I dealt with them was in middle school. That’s because as we get older, we grow less and less able to deal with simple problems.
The same thing goes in life. If we get too complacent in our problems, we lose the ability to see them as a problem. This is a very simple example but illustrates the point.
You learn how to do simple things. You learn how to think and solve problems in simpler ways. The problem is that by the time you learn simple things, its just too late to go back. By the time you learn how to do a simple thing, its too late to make it easy so you learn how to do it too late (because, after all, how hard can it be?).
I used to have this problem myself. I would always try and solve my problems by getting overly clever. I’d tell myself that I could just do this and that. I’d get really good at it and then do it and the problem would be solved. But then I would forget that I was doing it. Then I would find that I had to work on it constantly.
That’s really the problem with trying too hard. It’s so easy to be smart and complicated that you don’t realize it’s a problem until the problem becomes a problem. Then you see the problem you didn’t see before and think that you can’t handle it. Now you have a problem. So do yourself a favor and just be lazy.
The best part is to start doing it immediately and then try to work on it. The goal is to finish what you’re doing and then you can get back to your normal life. Which is when you finally hit on the most important part of the puzzle: solving the puzzles.
How to solve a problem: There is nothing you can say that means you cant just solve it and say, “Okay. Now, I know it’s a problem and that I can solve it by myself.