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# Problem solving 101

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### Problem solving 101

1. 1. Problem Solving 101 (Dream to Reality) P D C A style
2. 2. We all have small yet annoying problems bugging our lives You… Natalie Portman
3. 3. Or… You… You…
4. 4. Or again… Income=250 Spending=350
5. 5. There are (at least) two kinds of people around: those who don’t bother and …those who say “Yes, we can!” Which kind are you? Problem solving step 1 : think you can!
6. 6. Problem solving step 2 : Understand what’s going on… … chop your problem down to manageable chunks You… Natalie Portman Problem 1 : Natalie Portman doesn’t have the faintest idea of your existence Problem 3 : you look like that…Natalie Portman looks like this Problem 4 : Natalie Portman is very smart, obviously you’re not, Natalie is way out of your league Problem 2 : Natalie Portman is an actress and therefore does not live in the same universe as you do
7. 7. Or… You… Problem 2 : you eat anything that’s sweet and tasty Problem 3 : you don’t like and don’t do exercise Problem 1 : You weight ###kg You…
8. 8. Or again… Problem 2 : you spending are too high Problem 3 : you don’t always spend wisely Problem 1 : Your income is too low 100% salary Income=250 Spending=350 40% mortgage 25% bills 25% leisure 10% food
9. 9. An objective analysis of where you are and where you want to go will help you transform your dream into a concrete goal. Problem solving step 3 : set yourself a goal! You… Natalie Portman You (in a year…) Income=300 Spending=280
10. 10. Problem solving step 4 : understand what separates the dream from reality. I eat too much I don’t exercise I like good food I’ m used to do it I eat when I bored I don’t like it No time Boring Others will laugh at me Don’t know any different I’m depressed Natalie Portman TV Work Reading Friends Why don’t I look like that?
11. 11. Dilemma resolution is often about replacing or with and food or exercise? Spend time with friends or exercise? Cooked or fast food? Go to work or exercise? Natalie Portman or Julie Benz? Healthy or tasty food?
12. 12. Dilemma resolution is often about replacing or with and food and exercise! (increase activity must be supported by proper intake of food) Spend time with friends and exercise! (Danny likes sports) Cooked and fast food! (Jamie Oliver) Go to work and exercise! (commute to work by bicycle) Natalie Portman and Julie Benz! (that might be too much to wish for) Healthy and tasty food!
13. 13. Problem solving step 5 : transform your ideas in a Plan (DCA will follow…) <ul><li>Action item 1: </li></ul><ul><li>(from now on) only Jamie’s food is allowed in my kitchen! </li></ul><ul><li>Action item 2: </li></ul><ul><li>- (this week) buy running shoes </li></ul><ul><li>(next week) ask Danny to go running in the weekend </li></ul><ul><li>(as of this week) cycle to work </li></ul><ul><li>Action item 3: </li></ul><ul><li>(this month) Find cheaper providers to lower my bills </li></ul><ul><li>Monitor my leisure budget more closely </li></ul><ul><li>(this month) Ask the boss for a raise </li></ul><ul><li>(starting now) Get myself a new source of income via the net </li></ul><ul><li>Action item 4 : </li></ul><ul><li>- Use the six degrees of separation theory to let Natalie Portman know that I exist… </li></ul>
14. 14. Problem solving step 6 : do it! and monitor your results Week 1-4 Month 1-4 Action item 3: Find cheaper providers to lower my bills Monitor my leisure budget more closely Ask the boss for a raise Get myself a new source of income via the net Month 6 “ Natalie could you stop calling me please?” Jamie’s food Revolution! + running kg € income spending Natalie Portman
15. 15. Problem solving step 7 : Celebrate your achievements and find yourself new goals or/and help others achieving theirs! Thank you! Summary Problem solving 101 Step 1: think you can Step 2: understand what’s going on Step 3: set a goal Step 4: understand why it’s happening Step 5: define a plan Step 6: execute and check the results of the plan Step 7: Celebrate and find a new Himalaya P D C A