10 Practical Solutions To Life’s Problems

Avoidance of an issue cannot bring about your desired outcome unless the only outcome that you are looking for is a lack of confrontation and a repeat of the same problems, obstacles, and issues. Instead of practicing avoidance, we can work on using practical solutions to live a happier, more fulfilled life.

10 Practical Solutions To Life’s Problems.

Avoidance of an issue cannot bring about your desired outcome unless the only outcome that you are looking for is a lack of confrontation and a repeat of the same problems, obstacles, and issues. Instead of practicing avoidance, we can work on using practical solutions to live a happier, more fulfilled life.
Avoidance of an issue cannot bring about your desired outcome unless the only outcome that you are looking for is a lack of confrontation and a repeat of the same problems, obstacles, and issues. Instead of practicing avoidance, we can work on using practical solutions to live a happier, more fulfilled life.
Avoidance of an issue cannot bring about your desired outcome unless the only outcome that you are looking for is a lack of confrontation and a repeat of the same problems, obstacles, and issues. Instead of practicing avoidance, we can work on using practical solutions to live a happier, more fulfilled life.

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1. Understand the difference between avoidance and procrastination. 

 

 

Avoidance, or avoidance coping, is not the same as procrastination. Avoidance coping can lead to depression, withdrawal, and various personality disorders.  According to the Journal of Health and Social Behavior, the purpose of avoidance coping is to protect oneself from psychological damage.  Dr. Alice Boyes provides us with useful tips for overcoming avoidance coping.

 

 

2. Learn how not to be a procrastinator.

 

 

Procrastination is fueled by a desire to do more pleasurable things before less pleasurable things. It is quite logical that people will choose the fun task over the boring task. Procrastination is not a practical solution because it is self-sabotage. You are putting obstacles in your own path and the extra stress is often causes health problems.

 

Avoid procrastination by identifying your distractions (social media, email, television, children, etc) and consider how best to handle these distractions.  It is possible that social media and email need specific time allotments, maybe television needs to be restricted and perhaps you need to discuss with your children what is needed from them so that you can get your work completed.

 

 

3. Create a timeline and keep a calendar. 

 

 

Make a list of all of your deadlines, appointments, and goal dates and add them all to your calendar. This will help to bring clarity to the time schedule to which you need to adhere.

 

 

4. List actionable steps.

 

 

Look back at all of your deadlines and make a list of the actionable steps necessary to make sure that you reach these deadlines on time and to the best of your abilities.

 

 

5. Consider what help you need to achieve your goals.

 

 

Fill your “toolbox” with the help necessary by delegating tasks, asking for help and gaining any education needed.

 

 

6. Take this clarity you have developed in steps three, four and five to create a “To Do” list. 

 

 

This should be a list of what needs to be taken care of today, not tomorrow or next week. Do not allow yourself to be overwhelmed.  Those other things are on your calendar and will be attended to.  The list for today should include the most pressing items as well as some of the steps of action that you need to take.

 

This list should not scare you but rather make you feel in control. The “To Do” list should include ten items to which I refer to as “My Daily Top Ten.” Each night your list should be reviewed, any items left incomplete should be at the very top of the list for the next day and then you should fill in your to-do list with the next most pressing items.

 

 

7. Rename your “To Do” list as your “To Accomplish” list.

 

 

This just sounds nicer and much of our outlook in life depends on how we view things.

 

 

8. If you have an issue with someone, set aside a time to sit down with them.

 

 

Discuss issues with relevant people and come up with practical solutions to deal with problems. Confront the problem and not the person. Confrontational behavior is hostile and antagonistic. A better way is to be open and accepting of the other person’s beliefs and ideas while staying true to your own core values.

 

 

9. Consider how you can change your own behavior to achieve your desired outcome.

 

 

Whether it’s in regard to a project or a person, how are you impacting the outcome? You can hope to change someone else’s behaviors, but you really only have control over your own.

 

 

10. Spend time with people who inspire you.

 

 

Communicate via social media with folks who make you want to achieve more. Read stories that make a fire burn deep in your belly. These simple steps will inspire you in ways that will allow you to achieve a level of drive and spirit that will make you motivated beyond belief.

 

I would love to hear about your goals, people that inspire you and the practical solutions that work for you.

 

Please leave a comment below.

 

 

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Dr. Elise Ho

Dr. Elise Ho

Dr. Elise Ho is a Natural Health Specialist, CBD Entrepreneur, and Life Skills Counselor.

Dr. Ho offers 30 years of experience and holds multiple certifications and degrees including a Ph.D. in Natural Health and a doctoral degree in Naturopathic Psychology.

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71 thoughts on “10 Practical Solutions To Life’s Problems”

  1. Monna Ellithorpe

    Hi Elise,
    Thanks for sharing the wonderful suggestions on getting our lives back together. I’m back again doing just that, again. I tend to let things such as life distract me from everything. Instead of SOS, I have CCC (Confusion, Chaos and Calamity Syndrome).

    You’ve shared some great ideas here. Thank you.

  2. What an uplifting, inspiring post you have written. I was nodding along with every point raised to lead a happier, stress free life. Thank you for sharing #KCACOLS

  3. I love the idea of calling it a ‘To Accomplish List’ and you’re so right about surrounding yourself with inspiring people! That’s half the battle! #kcacols

  4. A great list! Social media definately needs to be scheduled otherwise it can take over lives! I can be a huge procrastinator and am naturally lazy! I think scheduling all things that may distract you is an excellent idea. I try to do this and I try to help my teenagers do this at the moment as they are studying for their exams. I may try the ‘accomplish list’ with my teenagers too -thanks for that! Thank you for linking to #Dreamteam this week, do comeback next week.

    1. That is so great that you are also working on teaching these skills to your children. It will serve them well for years to come.

  5. Christina/The Blog for Teachers, Readers, & Life!

    I Love these suggestions! 🙂 I purposely do the chore or task that I like least to do first (Depending on the time commitment.) When I am done, I have a sense of accomplishment, and I am ready to tackle the other “none threatening” tasks. I especially like your perspective on confronting a problem versus a person. This adds an element of detachment, and I feel that is less personal. I will pin this!
    I found this on Inspire Me Monday Linky Party.
    Best,
    Christina

  6. Great advice, I’m all for creating lists and keeping a diary. There is nothing more inspiring to know what you have achieved, and what you can achieve.
    #MMBC

  7. Hi Elise,

    Some great tips on personal growth and development! Scheduling is something I should do more of and am really just beginning to make use of the various tools that Google offers like calendars and docs. Thanks for a great read as usual!

  8. I’m so guilty of procrastinating – it’s like the more busy I am and the more I need to get done, the more I procrastinate instead of just doing it. I really like the idea of renaming the to do list; it’s a small thing but helps change your whole attitude towards it. #KCACOLS

    1. It sounds like a great deal of overwhelm gets to you. I can totally see how the growing list can just keep growing.

  9. I went to a talk, and procrastination in teens is often linked with perfectionism (you can’t ‘fail’ if you don’t do it at all). Their advice was to just start – even if you just did 10 mins and had a break then started again. It rewires the brain to get over that fear of starting…#KCACOLS

  10. I’ve had to-do lists for as long as I can remember: monthly, weekly, and daily. Starting now, these are “To Accomplish” lists. I like that. I also like the idea of making the daily list a Top 10. Thanks for the suggestions. One other thing I’ve started doing at the end of the day is asking myself “What is the most meaningful thing I did today?” It helps me make sure that my actions are supporting my values.

    Have a lovely weekend and happy Easter!

  11. This is perfect timing Elise. I’m a massive procrastinator and working hard on it right now. I always have to do lists (now to be renamed to accomplish lists!) but I like your idea of just having 10 items on it. I have one list with approx 70 things on broken down into mini lists; urgent, very important, quite important, not important.

  12. Hi Elise,
    Wonderful post … personal change is not easy .. it’s a challenge to challenge yourself, but one well worth it if there’s a willingness to explore, discover, and accept. Love all your suggestions. Most of all we should always be kind to ourselves and celebrate the changes …

  13. I’m a big fan of lists – both for making things achieveable, but also for working out your feelings on things and creating strategies to deal with things as you’ve identified here. Great tips! Thank you for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

  14. Visiting from Traffic Jam Weekend Linky Party. The one that stood out for me most is, spending time with people that inspires. This helps us to grow and achieve more otherwise all the tips are important in developing into a great personality.

  15. Alice V. Walters

    Thanks for affirming some of the strategies I already use routinely. The strategy that works best for me is to consistently spend time in God’s Word, reflection, and prayer.

  16. Great read! I use a To Do list every day so that I won’t forget important items that are on my list, but I love the To Accomplish words much better. Thank you for the practical tips that can help us all improve our lives.

  17. I feel keeping a color coded calendar really helps. We live is such an over packed/scheduled society which can really distract us from progress and productivity! It comes down the that BUSY word. 🙂

  18. Such a great at motivational post. Thank you, I’m really hoping to build my blog and get more freelance writing work and I will definitely use your advice! #SharingTheBlogLove

  19. Kim - The Blog Genie

    This was a great read. I’ve recently started scheduling tasks into my Google calendar and it’s been a game changer. I just need to start making sure that those tasks are helping me work towards my goals. #BloggerClubUK

    1. I love my Google Calendar. I actually have more than one for several different purposes and then they all synch with one master calendar.

  20. Hi Elise
    We all face problems in life. The difference lies in the way we handle it. Some people avoid them while some find a solution to them. you have provided some great tips here! Loved them especially the point that we should spend time with people who inspire us.

    Thanks for sharing!

  21. This is so insightful. I really appreciate the progression of the steps. You should make a printable of this steps! Would it be okay of I wrote these steps down for myself as a handy list?

  22. These are really good points to help someone sit and reflect on the problems going on around them and try to get to the bottom of it all.
    Thank you for sharing this with us at #TriumphantTales. I hope to see you back next week!

  23. I believe the most important on this list is changing one’s own behavior. In my practice I observe people who are stuck because they want someone else to change, even after that person has demonstrated they will not change. Even if they will, it is not worth waiting for that to happen; and we should not let someone else’s behavior dictate ours.

  24. Oh gosh I’m so guilty of procrastinating. I know it’s a problem so I really need to work on it. I do like to write to do lists and check off what I accomplished though. Thanks for these tips. They’re really helpful.

  25. Welsh Mum Writing

    I love these tips. Sometimes it’s so easy to put things off and I find that inevitably the things we put off are those that we fear the most, but often give the biggest rewards if dealt with. #triumphanttales

  26. I think #9 is probably the most important part to finding any solution. The only thing we can control is OUR own actions. At best, we can influence others and their behavior. We will see the best outcome if we focus on how we, as individuals, can make a difference. Great post!

  27. I love these tips! I need to try to get more organized so I can accomplish more. I love the idea of a “To Accomplish” List. Making little boxes helps too! So you feel a sense of accomplishment when you CHECK something off on your list. And remembering that you have an “I’ve done” list too – things that you HAVE accomplished. Don’t let yourself feel bad or guilty if the “To Do” seems long – remember the things you HAVE accomplished. 🙂

  28. Hi Elise,

    Life is full of problems for those who do not dare to solve them. Some people spend the whole life struggling with one issue and some people fix not their problems but the problems of the world as well.

    You have rightly guided these practical solutions to life’s problems.

    Thanks

  29. Such an inspirational article by you!!! In our life, it depends our action what we get. So if someone wants to get something , he should try his hard to accomplish it.

    Thanks for sharing and waiting for next update….

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