Writing a problem down helps to solve it. I don’t know how, I don’t know why and I haven’t been doing it often enough.
I’ve had a small personal challenge floating around in my mind for weeks. It wasn’t a major a problem but I kept thinking about it, almost solving it and then telling myself that it would go away. It didn’t.
Today, I started writing some notes to myself about the problem. Ten minutes later I had a page of my book filled, the answer was clearer and I was feeling much better about it.
I took a pretty simple approach:
- A single sentence to describe the problem; and
- 3-5 dot points for each of:
- Current Situation
- Possible ways I could sort it out
Writing the problem in an old-fashioned notebook helped me understand the problem much better. The solution was clearer and I’d saved myself weeks of revisiting the same bloody problem. Huurah!!
* NB - I did have a chat about the problem with a friend once the writing was done which also helped, but that’s for another post…