When faced with an incredibly difficult problem you might want to force yourself to solve it by trying a bunch of different solutions. Blogger Dave Lee has another method to tackle the problem: just look at it.
Photo by John Lambert Pearson.
The idea is that sometimes you need to force your brain to really mull over an idea. Lee outlines his four-step process for doing just that:
- Jot down all the notes regarding your problem/challenge and print it out.
- Just look at the printed notes and let your brain mull it over.
- Keep at it. It's OK if you start dozing. Just wake up and keep looking at the printed notes.
- When inspiration comes, start taking notes. But keep going until you get the creative solution you need.
It might sound simple, but it's good advice regardless. Simply staring at a problem isn't always going to do the trick, but if you're struggling to come up with a solution it's something to consider.