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Hack your brain for better problem solving

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Problem Solving: An In-Demand Skill

Most job postings nowadays require skill sets related to problem-solving, making it a sought-after ability that job candidates love to put in their resumes. Finding solutions is where the big money is.

Yet we design our lives in a way that is counterintuitive to problem solving.

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Humans have always leaned towards taking advice from their family, friends and colleagues to solve problems.

Groups of people who are always communicating end up utilizing their collective knowledge and solve complex problems, while people who try to solve problems alone often invent or...

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The always-on culture that instant communication has provided us is destructive to original thinking and diminishes our capacity to solve problems.

A counterintuitive way to solve a problem is to set aside time when one is not dealing with the problem at all, but d...

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  • When we set aside some time to not deal with our problem, it paradoxically improves our efforts.
  • This downtime makes our subconscious mind work invisibly towards a possible solution.
  • What we do in our downtime is completely up to us, but research shows that exercise,...

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  • Tuning out from problem-solving helps us solve the problem in a better way, as paradoxical as it sounds.
  • We can use this to our advantage by engaging in creative activities that stimulate our mind, like playing music, solving puzzles and indulging in other interdisciplinary skills.

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