Solving A Problem? 10 Tips To Avoid Rushing To A Solution

When trying to solve a problem—small or large—many people may tend to rush to a solution in order to get a process in motion or to just get it off their plate so they can focus on other things. However, this method has the potential to create negative consequences, especially if the wrong decision was made or all variables weren’t considered.

To help prevent this situation, it’s vital to slow down your problem-solving process. To do this, consider these tips recommended by the members of Young Entrepreneur Council. Below, they discuss their advice in detail and explain why it’s so important to think problems all the way through—especially as a business leader.

1. Consider Your Objectives

When you are trying to solve a problem, it is important to step back and consider your objectives. Make sure you understand what you are trying to achieve before looking at possible solutions. Once you understand the objectives, you can look at the possible solutions and hopefully be able to rule out those that do not align. A smaller set of solutions based on meeting your objectives should allow you to make better decisions. Also, remember to listen and ask for help where needed. – Zane Stevens, Protea Financial

2. Ask ‘Why’

Asking “why” repeatedly before you settle on an answer is a powerful way to avoid jumping to conclusions or implementing weak solutions. Whether you ask five times, three or as many as 11, eventually you’ll get to the root cause, as each question pushes you to a deeper understanding of the real problem. – Maksym Babych, SpdLoad

3. Acknowledge Your Fear Or Anxiety

I would invite anyone solving a problem to consider if fear or anxiety is clouding their judgment. Often, your initial reaction is rooted in panic. Instead, pause. When you stop trying to rush to an answer, your fear and anxiety reveals itself. Acknowledge those concerns, but give yourself time to return to a more logical headspace. It will help you make a clearer decision. – Trivinia Barber, PriorityVA

4. Give Yourself Enough Time

It may seem obvious, but to avoid rushing to conclusions, you actually need to give yourself the proper amount of time to think. This isn’t just an issue of addressing all of the various possible solutions, but you need the literal time as well. By forcing yourself to take a day or two, you will allow your subconscious to go into action. Almost without fail, you can meditate on a problem, think hard on it, then wait a day or two and the solutions will begin to come to you the next time you sit to think on the topic. You need to give your brain (both consciously and subconsciously) the time it needs to mull over a problem. – Salvador Ordorica, The Spanish Group LLC

5. Write It Out

To prevent myself from rushing to a solution, I like to lay my options out in front of me on paper. It helps to write down the problems and potential solutions to organize the best possibilities and then choose the right one. It’s important to use whatever method works for you to solve problems within your company because they’ll never stop coming. – Stephanie Wells, Formidable Forms

6. Seek Other Opinions

When trying to solve a problem, it’s important to take your time and analyze the situation before rushing to a solution. I’d get insights from other eyes and ears before making a decision. It’s always a good idea to reach out to a mentor, your business partner or an experienced employee to get their insights. In this way, you can get an objective perspective and avoid making a decision that you may later regret. – Syed Balkhi, WPBeginner

7. Think About The Impact

Consider the impact. Will the impact of your decision be big or small? How far-reaching will it be? Not every problem requires hours, days or weeks of contemplation, but you do need to consider the impact to determine how much time to devote to finding the optimal solution. For problems with solutions that could have big, far-reaching, long-term impacts, it’s important to consider all the stakeholders who will be affected. List the pros and cons for each potential solution and how each will impact the various stakeholders. This is also the time to look for opportunities for long-term improvement based on your solution. Weigh the options and choose the one that will deliver the best impact overall for your business. – Jonathan Prichard, MattressInsider.com

8. Consider The Problem As A Whole

The best way to prevent yourself from rushing to a solution is to take a step back and think of the problem as a whole. When you take this approach, it forces you to look at the problem from different perspectives and address all of its complexities. This is important because if we rush to a solution, then we are more likely to overlook important aspects of the problem, which can lead to more problems down the road. – Kristin Kimberly Marquet, Marquet Media, LLC

9. Look At Whether It’s Reversible

Before I fix a problem, I look at whether it’s a reversible or an irreversible solution. If the solution has an irreversible impact and can potentially damage the business in the long run, then we need to take some time to think this through and analyze the potential outcomes and consequences. If it’s a reversible decision that has a low impact on the business, then it’s easier to make the decision to solve the problem right away. If issues come up later, we can spend more time finding a better solution. This is so important because it can lessen the stress involved in the decision-making process and helps you avoid taking steps that can harm your business. – Benjamin Rojas, All in One SEO

10. Eliminate Distractions

To prevent yourself from rushing to solutions and picking the wrong one, it’s important to eliminate distractions. This will help you better focus on the issue at hand so you can see the problem clearly and easily figure out the next step without feeling pressured. – Jared Atchison, WPForms

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