Structured Problem Solving Technique

This structured problem solving technique will take the emotion out of your problem solving and give you problem solving strategies and options that you can work with.

Download a problem solving worksheet for dealing with stress.

Whether you have family problems, financial concerns or problems at work or school, structured problem solving can be used.

Sometimes problems can feel overwhelming!

Whatever the problem, big or small, structured problem solving can give you a better perspective on what you can do.

Structured problem solving strategies can help you to to explore your options and structure your problem solving.

By weighing up the pros and cons you can approach your problems from a different angle.

Step 1. Download your structured problem solving worksheet.

Step 2. Define your issues or problems causing you stress.

Write down all of your current problems that are worrying you or distressing you and note your signs of stress.

Step 3. Work out the options that are available to you and write them down.

Be creative and write down all your ideas - no matter how unusual they may sound.

If you need more space then download more problem solving worksheets (or make up your own!)

Step 4. Now write down the pros and cons of each potential solution.

Compare the pros and cons to other potential solutions taking into account your resources, support, finances.

Talk to friends and family for other ideas.

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Step 5. Identify the best solution for your problem.

Make a plan for what you will need to complete the tasks to reach the most effective solution.

Step 6. Review your progress.

What worked and what didn't work. Did you resolve the issues by the target date - if not then why not?

Now you can start on the next problem on your list.

This problem solving technique is useful to identify options for stress situations.

However, sometimes the causes of stress cannot be changed and you simply need to change the way that you view the stressor.

The following tips for reducing stress change the way that you adapt to the cause of stress: