How do I learn to think and solve problems faster?

Here are some ideas for your thinking and problem solving.

Be adept at incorporating both logic and emotion into thinking

While there’s often an organizational premium placed on left brain thinking – the quantitative, analytical, logical processing that moves toward definitive answers – the best creative thinkers are skilled at using both a left brain and right brain integration. Right brain thinking incorporates a qualitative, connecting, and a more abstract view of market threats and opportunities. Rarely do important questions get answered succeed or fail solely through an analytical and logi

Here are some ideas for your thinking and problem solving.

Be adept at incorporating both logic and emotion into thinking

While there’s often an organizational premium placed on left brain thinking – the quantitative, analytical, logical processing that moves toward definitive answers – the best creative thinkers are skilled at using both a left brain and right brain integration. Right brain thinking incorporates a qualitative, connecting, and a more abstract view of market threats and opportunities. Rarely do important questions get answered succeed or fail solely through an analytical and logic-based analysis.

Continually questioning both the familiar and the new

Many people are fine questioning what they don’t agree with. As a result, you have people clamoring for change who are excited to question everything about the status quo. People who are completely comfortable with just the way things are right now suddenly discover their questioning when the possibility of dramatic change rears its head.

The best thought leaders are skillful at questioning yesterday, today, tomorrow, and everything in the future. Additionally, the more they explore future options, the more new questions they generate. Creative thinking skills of the best thought leaders are about exploration … about imagination and curiosity.

Study thinking examples

I am a big believer in curiosity and imagination. They contribute heavily to creative minds. We’re first curious about something, and it’s that curiosity that drives us to create. Try to think of inventors who created something without first being curious or imaginative. Difficult isn’t it?

There was a study done recently wherein jazz musicians’ brains were monitored while they were improvising during gigs. Long, boring, tedious, academic story short — these musicians’ brains had essentially learned to “turn off” that little thing in there that tells you that this won’t work or will fail. So without that stopping them, their imagination thrived, and you’ve heard many of the amazing results.

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Observing

Carefully watch things around you to help gain insights into, and ideas for, new ways of doing things. Pay particular attention to areas outside your natural areas of interest. That worked for Paul, who gained his insights from his own efforts.

Open to not answering or resolving every issue

While successful executives are largely rewarded for moving things to successful resolution – and that’s vital for business performance – effective thought leaders have to be able to moderate any tendencies to resolve strategic issues prematurely.

It’s imperative for organizations to be nimble enough to adapt to changing conditions. That means it can be important to leave certain options open for future consideration. An adept thought leader isn’t rattled by that possibility.

Open to valuable perspectives from multiple sources

Some elements of creative thinking skills are certainly enhanced by seniority. Importantly, though, great thinking is about the right combination of three diverse perspectives: front-line subject experience, broad functional knowledge, and creative energy. These three mindsets are important because each will process and develop perspectives in different ways.

Any of these groups, working by themselves, will create thinking direction lacking in some essential way. Working together, there’s the potential for game-changing moves.

Some people have one of these perspectives; others have two or all three. No matter how many one has, the more open someone is to consider perspectives he or she doesn’t possess, the stronger their creative thinking skills.

Spend daily downtime daydreaming

Creative types know that daydreaming is anything but a waste of their time. While structured routines are important for the actual process of creating, our minds need downtime filled with the freedom to wander.

Neuroscientists have found that daydreaming involves the same brain processes associated with imagination and creative thinking. According to psychologist Rebecca L. McMillan, who recently co-authored a research paper titled Ode to Positive Constructive Daydreaming, daydreaming can aid in the “creative incubation” of ideas and solutions to complex problems.

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To answer this question, you can learn to think and solve problems faster by developing frameworks. Frameworks give you structure, allowing you solve problems with a basis rather than boiling the ocean for clues.

Cognitive Frameworks:

Develop a set of cognitive frameworks that allow you to efficiently and effectively process, categorize, and analyze information. One example is the decision framework or decision matrix. The simplest version of a decision framework is the pro vs. con list.

Another example: Management consultants and other business professionals use frameworks to analyze and solve p

To answer this question, you can learn to think and solve problems faster by developing frameworks. Frameworks give you structure, allowing you solve problems with a basis rather than boiling the ocean for clues.

Cognitive Frameworks:

Develop a set of cognitive frameworks that allow you to efficiently and effectively process, categorize, and analyze information. One example is the decision framework or decision matrix. The simplest version of a decision framework is the pro vs. con list.

Another example: Management consultants and other business professionals use frameworks to analyze and solve problems daily. Suppose a client asks an elevator question around market entry problems. One can, for example, apply a SWOT framework to quickly think through the strengths (S), weaknesses (W), opportunities (O), and threats (T) to market entry, creating a coherent and cohesive recommendation rather than randomly slicing and dicing.

In summary, cognitive frameworks help you to efficiently identify where to look for solutions to problems, and clearly dissect the situation in terms of what to prioritize.

Memory Frameworks:

For problem solving reliant on knowledge or information, developing a set of prior memory frameworks may help. The human brain reacts to various stimuli, and relies on different synapses to retrieve, process, and examine information. In short, develop memory frameworks that allows you to quickly retrieve knowledge and information.

One example of a memory framework is a vivid picture of the house you grew up in. As you walk through the house in your mind’s eye, you store lists of information, associating each concept or data point with a vivid picture of an item in the house. When you need to quickly retrieve the knowledge needed to solve a particular problem, just walk through the “house” and the conceits or ideas come back to you vividly.

These memory framework may take a little bit if effort in the beginning to construct, but once constructed, they can speed up your information retrieval abilities, allowing you to solve problems faster.

Logical thinking and problem solving skills, contrary to much public opinion and even college classes, etc. has nothing to do with how much knowledge or information is in your head it also isn’t just a trick in the way you think… it takes serious wisdom and understanding the big-picture about how things work, in reality, generally and specifically. You can’t ever get that from anyone else. The best teachers are people who guide you to discover truth. Actual teaching is becoming extinct in our society. Our schools, k-12 and even colleges are filled with “tellers” and very few actual “teachers”

Logical thinking and problem solving skills, contrary to much public opinion and even college classes, etc. has nothing to do with how much knowledge or information is in your head it also isn’t just a trick in the way you think… it takes serious wisdom and understanding the big-picture about how things work, in reality, generally and specifically. You can’t ever get that from anyone else. The best teachers are people who guide you to discover truth. Actual teaching is becoming extinct in our society. Our schools, k-12 and even colleges are filled with “tellers” and very few actual “teachers” any more.

For that reason, serious problem solving and logical thinking skills, are some of the most rare virtues around. Working in nature, where you begin to reap the cause and effects of your own labor, is one of the best habits you will ever develop. Plant a garden, learn how to build things, work with animals, work with your hands and discover for yourself how nature works and the universe operates… but then relate everything to your own life in practical application. It is a good thing to learn from others but learning is not about memorizing, it’s about discovering.

What you want to focus on is discovering principles. Principles are the most precious treasure on earth. they are always hidden beneath and in between what you think you already know. That doesn’t mean that simply working with your hands is the magic. Most people who work with their hands, still haven’t discovered principles.

Only wise and worthy mentors can help to uncover principles for you and then guide you how to discover them through your own practical experience with life. But you must be willing to do the work and discover them for yourself.

Unfortunately, even the vast majority of people who make a living helping to solve problems actually end up creating more problems than they solve because they lack the big-picture of life and reality. That only comes to a small few who have discovered that wisdom is a totally different thing than knowledge. The two are acquired in very different ways. Knowledge is based on information that can be memorized and passed from one person to another. You can stumble upon knowledge through experience but knowledge is all about “answers,” it breeds arrogance and inflated, false pride (most assumed knowledge today is not really knowledge at all but only naïve assumptions, which is really foolishness).

Wisdom on the other hand, is founded on principles. Wisdom is never contented with “answers,” because it knows there is always more…. Wisdom is entirely based on discovering better questions. Answers stop growth, questions demand and perpetuate growth… Since every piece of real truth is totally interdependent on every other truth, there is always more, better, greater improvements to make, regardless of whether you are at the bottom, top or anywhere between-of what you are trying to understand.

The great masters through time, became great masters because they never stopped learning, discovering and evolving. The only way they remain great masters is by never losing track of their leaders, mentors, masters….

Beware, however many, many today believe (and/or try to convince you) that they are wise and flaunt their money, positions, knowledge, influence, etc. Many even believe they have risen above ordinary mortals (talk about ego). But the truly wise and their followers are the ones willing to do what the masses are not willing to do… the hardest work they will ever undertake—their own self evolution. Even though difficult at first, it is only way to live with real fulfillment and genuine happiness that doesn’t fade with the lights and the music….

I have come to call, what everyone wants, but only a few have been willing to discover, the most valuable and precious treasure on earth… “The principles that birth intelligence, lead to wisdom and harness the laws of creation.”

Since you are a creator—that’s what you do, every moment of your life—create your own future reality, You can learn to create something much greater than you have done so far, regardless of how little or far you have come.

Once on that path, you will naturally see what is, over ride your ego that desperately tries to get you to find what will pacify you for the moment, so you don’t have to risk failure, and claim whatever rewards you want most. Intelligently taking those risks is the only path to wisdom and wisdom is the only environment that enables one to solve problems and see the perfect logic in the universe—and align your thoughts and behaviors with it…

There is no way to cut corners to gain wisdom—but it is the great shortcut to super success. Everything else is settle-for. You just must make the decision.

The efforts will pale by comparison to the rewards—IF you recognize and accept that it is all up to you, no one can ever come to your rescue, and then make it a life-style. There is no gimmick or tactic or trick, but once you make those commitments, the right mentors will show up and make all the difference.

Learn to love being uncomfortable, pushing yourself out of your comfort zones IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION and the world will be yours.

Let’s go catch your dreams .

Eldon Grant

Back in the early 80's, as a project manager, I have had the wonderful opportunity to learn and acquire the Kepner Tregoe Problem Solving and Decision Making Method, which comprises the following methodologies:

  • Situation-analysis – this clarifies the problem situation (what happened).
  • Problem analysis – here the actual cause of the problem and the relationship between cause and result are searched for (why did it happen).
  • Decision analysis – based on the decision making criteria, choices are made to arrive at potential problem resolutions (how should we act).
  • Potential Problem analysis –here pote

Back in the early 80's, as a project manager, I have had the wonderful opportunity to learn and acquire the Kepner Tregoe Problem Solving and Decision Making Method, which comprises the following methodologies:

  • Situation-analysis – this clarifies the problem situation (what happened).
  • Problem analysis – here the actual cause of the problem and the relationship between cause and result are searched for (why did it happen).
  • Decision analysis – based on the decision making criteria, choices are made to arrive at potential problem resolutions (how should we act).
  • Potential Problem analysis –here potential future problems are anticipated and preventative actions are developed (what will the result be).

You can read more about it here:

Thinking About Problems: Kepner-Tregoe®

To me, in retrospect, this proprietary clear thinking approach has turned out be a very worthwhile investment!

Something I've done that maybe effective to you:

  1. When I say stop procrastinating, it doesn't mean stop screwing around completely. Messing around and being bored sometimes is effective to learning what is what.
  2. You can plan for a million years, but you will Never be successful until you just simply make mistakes and apply. Embrace discomfort. But don't let it consume you.
  3. Problems will come and come until you lose your fucking mind. Just remember that if you want to change the world, change the world around you first. The world can get cleaner or dirtier as you do so to your world.
  4. People can make

Something I've done that maybe effective to you:

  1. When I say stop procrastinating, it doesn't mean stop screwing around completely. Messing around and being bored sometimes is effective to learning what is what.
  2. You can plan for a million years, but you will Never be successful until you just simply make mistakes and apply. Embrace discomfort. But don't let it consume you.
  3. Problems will come and come until you lose your fucking mind. Just remember that if you want to change the world, change the world around you first. The world can get cleaner or dirtier as you do so to your world.
  4. People can make or break you, so simply just understand them. Do not listen to one person 100% of the time. Not even me. Please. Just understand my perspective and yours. Then finalize the motions as needed but STAY POSITIVE.
  5. Your only enemy to solving a problem is time. You and everyone else can fix problems over and over again, but there is a finite amount of time. Ignore useless shit and apply and solve useful problems.
  6. YOLO . You only live once. Remember that life is all about fucking up. If you never failed, you failed at life.
  7. PROBLEMS WILL ALWAYS BE PRESENT. With that in mind, just remember that everyone is suffering from problems in one way to another.
  8. Keep your head open. Being open minded can actually hurt you in short-term, but in the long-term, it will actually make you ACTUALLY THINK. By seeing the other perspectives.
  9. Speak less, Do More. This is pretty simple… we all need to do this honestly, positively.
  10. Just remember if you can do things and help people without losing your sanity, you're a strong and able person. Just Do. Not. Lose. Yourself. Merely adapt with love and passion because who cares if you're smart if you are an asshole?

Love always wins. Long term.

Give an upvote if you agree Haha!

Algorithmic thinking isn't easy and definitely not for everyone.
Here by everyone I mean everyone who do not have their data-structures and algorithms basic concepts clear.

A lot of interview problems revolve around innovative use of the data-structures or combination of two or more of them.
1.) So invest time in data-structures and learn about their properties and limitations and how to overcome them. For example :
A hash-map with a single key scheme will give you a uniform time lookup, but say what about you need a look up based on more than one type of key.
Be comfortable with using vario

Algorithmic thinking isn't easy and definitely not for everyone.
Here by everyone I mean everyone who do not have their data-structures and algorithms basic concepts clear.

A lot of interview problems revolve around innovative use of the data-structures or combination of two or more of them.
1.) So invest time in data-structures and learn about their properties and limitations and how to overcome them. For example :
A hash-map with a single key scheme will give you a uniform time lookup, but say what about you need a look up based on more than one type of key.
Be comfortable with using various data-structure in all type of coding situations

2.) Learn simple/basic algorithms and be comfortable with them so that you can use them in different capacity.

3.) Practice on simpler problems and use the experience and confidence to solve bigger problems.

Coming back to the question of attacking a problem. To think for an algorithmic solution for a problem you need to strategise.
A possible strategy can be :

1.) Break it into simpler familiar problems.
2.) Solve each of them and try to connect.
3.) Think about each part in detail and come up with pseudo code.
4.) Think about boundary conditions and exceptional program behaviour.

To get more insight into the world of problem solving, you can explore courses like algorithm design as in here :

https://www.coursera.org/course/algo

Original question: Why do I have to solve my own problems?

Because PROBLEMS are like SHIT.

And just like SHIT, everyone needs to wipe/solve their own SHIT/PROBLEMS.

Initially, when you were a child, your shit was wiped by your parents, as you were not familiar with the whole concept of wiping. But as you grew up things changed. You started doing that thing on your own, because now you know how to do that. In general, a person more that 6–7 years old wipes his own shit, anyone not being able to do that surely has some kind of problem, may be its some genuine health issue(physical or mental) which

Original question: Why do I have to solve my own problems?

Because PROBLEMS are like SHIT.

And just like SHIT, everyone needs to wipe/solve their own SHIT/PROBLEMS.

Initially, when you were a child, your shit was wiped by your parents, as you were not familiar with the whole concept of wiping. But as you grew up things changed. You started doing that thing on your own, because now you know how to do that. In general, a person more that 6–7 years old wipes his own shit, anyone not being able to do that surely has some kind of problem, may be its some genuine health issue(physical or mental) which bars them from doing so, and in that case everyone is ready to help them. But then there are some plain stupid people, who just never want to learn and grow, they want to rely on others for like, always. And no one likes to help these idiots.

Anyone sane enough would love to wipe their own shit.

And same goes with solving problems. Solving you own problems makes you smarter, stronger. And you can always seek help, but the final dirty deed has to be done by you and you only.

There’s an old saying which goes like…

God helps those who help themselves.

Thanks Joselin for a2a. You are asking for the best way to solve all problems yourself. . . . . . Okay. Remember! You asked for it.

BE MASTER OF ALL TRADES AND JACK OF NONE!

So, there has to be a margin in your question: What is the best practical way to learn that. You cannot be master of all trades; I cannot do that. I consider myself jack of many fields and I cease to be master of my own trade!

Learn the basic data relating to your problems. Have rudimentary knowledge of everything. See options and possible solutions. Good thing is that life problems have more than one solutions but these may

Thanks Joselin for a2a. You are asking for the best way to solve all problems yourself. . . . . . Okay. Remember! You asked for it.

BE MASTER OF ALL TRADES AND JACK OF NONE!

So, there has to be a margin in your question: What is the best practical way to learn that. You cannot be master of all trades; I cannot do that. I consider myself jack of many fields and I cease to be master of my own trade!

Learn the basic data relating to your problems. Have rudimentary knowledge of everything. See options and possible solutions. Good thing is that life problems have more than one solutions but these may have degree/level of accuracy and objectivity. Bad thing is that solutions may include erroneous parts as well.

ONE HAS TO REALIZE THAT AND SEE THE BEST POSSIBLE MATCHING SOLUTION ‘AT THAT MOMENT’. At another moment, solution may change (not necessarily).

It is beneficial to keep an eye on what is happening. Any solution appearing to go in wrong direction should be attended without delay. Extension of earlier decision taken would be needed to correct it.

Hope this provides some way forward in above scenario.

Watch and learn. Find a mentor, or someone who have more experience on problem solving. Work on some hard problems together. Observe how they approach the problems in many aspects. Identify skills that you lack and practice deliberately on that.

Learn to think slowly. Yes, think slowly can also solve problems faster. This is especially true when the problem at hand requires creativity, and thinking outside the box. One way to think slowly is to free your mind after a heavily thoughtful session on your problem. Your background mind will work subconsciously. (see Focused vs. Diffused Mode)

The word solve has many assumptions and practical studies in areas of math and problem solving for the sciences and engineering, and even social sciences. We have a problem statement, which we have been able to state or someone else has identified for us. And then we have a range of studies within procedures, formulas, processes, or functions that allow us the steps to solve that problem. We may need to draw on some parts or components within the steps in the solve, and that entirely depends on how much information is relevant to the statement. As well as how much information drawn from outsid

The word solve has many assumptions and practical studies in areas of math and problem solving for the sciences and engineering, and even social sciences. We have a problem statement, which we have been able to state or someone else has identified for us. And then we have a range of studies within procedures, formulas, processes, or functions that allow us the steps to solve that problem. We may need to draw on some parts or components within the steps in the solve, and that entirely depends on how much information is relevant to the statement. As well as how much information drawn from outside the statement is relevant and contributes to the statement. A relevant fact or piece of knowledge from outside the context of the statement may be useful, or it may be assumed without even recognizing that it is being applied. The parts work in some way through such steps to the end state or solution. A solution is desirable as having fixed, rectified, or corrected the state in the problem. You have to work with some examples and cases, formulas and problem-solving strategies, and combine them into the solutions you and people want.

What you are really talking about is ‘how many factors’ can you consider in dealing with an issue?

When you begin your learning, you only have a few. As you ‘mature’ you get more factors. As a master, the number of factors you can apply to a ‘simple’ question can extend the solution process…

Think of the beginner in one of the martial arts. Eager with only a few things on their mind. The ‘master’? Has a lot of possible answers, and it can take a while to sort them into the ‘best’ answer.

You have to practice problem-solving with a form of the problems and statements. This means you have a limited number of formulae, possible methods, and evaluations of the solution. This narrows an open-ended search for methods to solve the problem, into focusing upon the set you will draw upon and applying the right method in case. This will usually severely limit what problems and statements you can take on, and the interpretation of your solutions. You can model any word problem or passage as a problem, prompt to analyze and comprehend, and then to formulate the proper response. That is usu

You have to practice problem-solving with a form of the problems and statements. This means you have a limited number of formulae, possible methods, and evaluations of the solution. This narrows an open-ended search for methods to solve the problem, into focusing upon the set you will draw upon and applying the right method in case. This will usually severely limit what problems and statements you can take on, and the interpretation of your solutions. You can model any word problem or passage as a problem, prompt to analyze and comprehend, and then to formulate the proper response. That is usually another passage or body of words that shows you have recognized the prompt, can provide some reasoning, and then work toward solutions that are mutual. In this way, how we use words in restricted settings, limited contexts, and policy governed areas is not as expressive as our language is capable of. We have a specific set of terms we can discuss, that represent social and actual actions, and what is possible to perform within that scope.