I’ve written before about the RAIN method for dealing with difficult emotions. The SOLVED method is a structured way of dealing with difficult situations.
The SOLVED method takes its name from the six steps involved
- S = Select the problem you want to solve
- O = Open your mind to solutions
- L = List the pros and cons for each solution
- V = Verify the best solution
- E = Enact the solution
- D = Decide if the solution worked
Although a lot of anxiety and worry are misplaced problem solving, sometimes that underlying problem solving isn’t as fully developed or focused when we do need it. The SOLVED method gives a very clear structure and focus to take you from the problem to a solution.
Select the problem you want to solve
Take one problem, or one aspect of a bigger problem, at a time. Remember, you eat an elephant one bite at a time.
Open your mind to solutions
Don’t filter anything out at this stage and be as creative as you can be. If you struggle with this then try first thing in the morning, when you’ve only just woken up.
List the pros and cons for each solution
Do this once you’ve finished creating options and solutions. This will help you not just compare them, but may help you to generate even more as you work past some of the ‘cons’.
Verify the best solution
Choose the best solution for you. Remember that if it’s going to be successful then it will have to be congruent with your values. If it isn’t then at best you’ll just be moving the problem somewhere else, and at worse creating new ones.
Enact the solution
Do it! Things won’t get better just because you thought of what to do. And to keep the momentum going try the “No Zero Days” approach.
Decide if the solution worked
Review what happened. Look at what worked and what didn’t, and look at the reasons for noth. If you want to be successful with the next problem you need to understand why what worked this time worked so well.
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