AS@W Antidepressant Skills at Work: Dealing with Mood Problems in the Workplace
Solving Problems Effectively
Step 4 Pick the best one

Look over the advantages and disadvantages for each action and decide which one seems the best (or has fewer disadvantages). The only requirement is that one of the actions must be chosen so that you can begin taking action. Look over the possibilities, think about the good and bad points of each, then pick one action that takes you at least partway towards a solution. Give yourself a limited amount of time to make this decision so it doesn’t drag on. Remember, if you start to move in one direction and discover that it really doesn’t work, you can always try something else later.

Amy – the overworked Executive Assistant – chose her third action, prioritizing her jobs so she could focus on the most urgent ones.

There aren’t many problems that you will solve completely with just one action. However, there might be many actions that will take you part of the way toward a solution. If you are falling behind in work, for example, then perhaps your first action should be to list your tasks in order of priority. Just prioritizing won’t solve the problem, but it will take you closer to a solution than you were before. The important thing is to get started on a solution.

Which of your actions do you choose?





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