AUTHOR:
Kate

DATE:
September 10, 2018

CATEGORIES:
Success from the Start

READING TIME:
2 minutes

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4 Tips for Overcoming Mental Roadblocks

AUTHOR:
Kate

DATE:
September 10, 2018

CATEGORIES:
Success from the Start

READING TIME:
2 minutes

Typically, success doesn’t come out of a first attempt at completing something. Along the way to finishing a project, a paper, or planning an event, you will most likely face a roadblock or two that could leave you stumped. If you’re facing a challenge and can’t think of any solutions, try one of the following:

1. Re-evaluate the problem.

Is there a new angle you could take to look at this project? There are usually multiple ways to solve an issue, and the challenge is picking the one that best fits the situation’s needs. If you are only seeing one path to a solution, then maybe it’s time to look for answers elsewhere. Try using different resources or focusing on a different piece of the project to develop new potential solutions.

2. Get another’s opinion.

A fresh set of eyes works wonders. Although it takes a few minutes for someone who wasn’t involved with the project to grasp the problem, she may be able to help you come up with fresh ideas.

3. Take a break.

If you are feeling frustrated and overwhelmed, step away from the project. Tight deadline or not, you will make more progress by taking a minute to relax. Take a walk, watch an episode of a show, get something to eat, or take a nap. Taking a break will allow your brain to rest and approach the problem refreshed.

4. Work on another project.

If you’re stuck on a project during a busy week and don’t have time to take a break, nap, or wait for a stroke of genius, start working on something else. Although it isn’t as beneficial as fully resting, you won’t become frustrated from being stuck and wasting time. If you allow yourself time to work on other projects, you may be able to come up with a new solution when you revisit the roadblock.

When the going gets tough make sure you are providing yourself opportunities to grow and succeed, instead of compounding additional stress. Use the tips above to help recollect your thoughts and turn problems into solutions!


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Kate

Kate is a graduate of Ohio University, where she studied Communication Studies. She has worked at Reynolds and Reynolds for the past six years and has gone from a corporate recruiter to a supervisor in the recruiting department. Kate enjoys trying new recipes, DIY projects, and traveling to new places. In her spare time, she likes to volunteer through the opportunities provided at Reynolds.