Easy Ways of Practicing Your Decision-Making and Problem-Solving Skills

Some of the most important skills in life are decision-making and problem-solving. These skills are important for a couple of reasons, mainly because you will be met with decisions all your life, some easy, some much harder. There are plenty of offers that we are faced with from time to time – be it a job offer, an amazing discount, or even a Smarkets welcome offer, and we need to know how to decide which ones to take and when.

Problem-solving helps when you face an obstacle on your path, which happens all the time. Some people get through these things without so much as a sweat while others have problems even making the right call. Here are some tips on how to improve your skills.

Visualize your End Goal

If you visualize your goal and start thinking about it, you can put yourself in the perspective of that goal already being achieved. That is a big step, as then you can look back on all the things you need to do, making your choices a lot easier. You can also learn by example, looking at other people who have achieved the goal you are striving for. This can show you what you want to achieve. This works best with exercise goals, but can also work with any other goal, especially if you have insight into their journey to their goal. Knowing their story or imagining yours from the goal back to where you are now, you can make the right decisions with less room for error.

Try Puzzle Video Games

Depending on which part or problem-solving you wish to learn, you can try video games, specifically puzzle types. They will have you running around like most video games, but you will have to put in the effort to solve puzzles and that can help you with problem-solving. Point and click adventure games are a great example of puzzle games where you have to pay attention.

Role-Playing Video Games Are Full of Decisions

Old games like Planescape: Torment, are completely dependant on your choices in the game. Your character is a blank slate and you get to write how he behaves and what he does, in other words, how will the people around him perceive him as well as what kind of person will he become. There is no need to mention that many decisions will have an influence on the end of the game. Planescape is now 20 years old.

Newer RPGs like the Mass Effect series or the Witcher 3, will have you remember each and every bad choice you make. These games will teach you to make the right decisions and sometimes that making the right decision is impossible, just a less painful one.

Reset Your Mind

If you could reboot your mind like you could a computer and start anew, that would be great, wouldn’t it? Well, you can do that, by having a good night’s sleep. You can also take time off your current task and focus on relaxing. It is amazing what you can do once you are properly rested and once you take a break. Your brain actually gets a reboot and you can start again, fresh.


Remember, decisions and problems will be waiting, so practicing beforehand can mean a lot.