Problem solving and Decision making

Problem solving and Decision making

Everyone needs to solve problems every day. But we aren't born with this skill, so we have to learn it. 
 
When you are able to solve problems for yourself and sort out conflicts you end up feeling much better! 
 
When solving problems, it's good to be able to: 
listen and think calmly 
consider options and respect other people's opinions and needs 
find constructive solutions, and sometimes work towards compromises. 
 
There are steps you can take to help you solve a problem? 

  1. Identify the problem – the first step is working out exactly what the problem is. It helps to put this into word. Focus on the problem and not on the emotion/feeling or person. 
  2. Think about why it is a problem? Why is it important to you? 
  3. Think of all the possible solutions to the problem. Make a list of all the possible ways you could solve it. It can help to talk to a family member or friend as they can come up with other solutions that maybe you hadn't thought of. Write all of these down.  
  4. Now evaluate all of these possible solutions. Take one at a time and think of the positives and negatives of each one. Which ones look the most promising?
  5. Choose one solution and put it into practice. Write down how it will work. What do you need? Who will do what? When will it be done?
  6. Evaluate the outcome. It might not have worked the first time and sometimes you need to try more than one solution. Think about what worked well, what didn't work well and what could you have done differently?