Describe Your Problem Solving Skills
The Cheerios Effect is the name physicists have given to the event that happens when the last few cheerios in a bowl always cling to each other. The takeaway is that when it comes to experiencing tension while trying to solve a problem, cling to those around you. Make a Mind Map by drawing your problem as the central idea.
Rely on others’ experiences and ideas, even those from different career fields. Add “main branches” consisting of all the reasons for the problem. Next, make a separate Mind Map of all possible solutions to the central problem.
More than any other sleeping or awake state, Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep directly enhances creative processing in the brain.
REM sleep helps “stimulate associative networks, allowing the brain to make new and useful associations between unrelated ideas” and are “not due to selective memory enhancements” such as memory consolidation, which occurs when awake.
According to the study’s lead author, “The combination of music and exercise may stimulate and increase cognitive arousal while helping to organize the cognitive output.” You’ll be able to quickly record important thoughts, write down personal experiences, make sketches, and explore ideas when you keep an “Idea Journal” with you at all times.
Results showed that when they listened to music while working out, participants more than doubled their scores on verbal fluency tests in contrast to when they worked out in silence.
While it might seem like some people are just born with stronger problem-solving skills, there are strategies that anyone can use to improve them.
That’s right, it’s possible to significantly enhance your abilities in this area — and the best part is, most of these activities are also pretty fun!
Either you are fixing something that is broken, or you are building something. Problems are all around us and we solve them all the time, be it something as simple as deciding whether to put that extra blanket on the bed tonight, or something a little more difficult like constructing a plane out of old junk you've found in the garage.
If you are building something, it could be a completely new something, or it could be an improved something. Wherever you are at, you can improve your problem solving skills.