We all solve problems and make decisions every day—from little problems like what to wear to school, to bigger problems like whether to get a job or go to college. The problems we face can be large or small, simple or complex, and easy or difficult.

Problem-solving and decision-making are important skills for both business and life. A very important part of our life is finding ways to solve problems and find solutions. So, being a confident problem solver is really important to our success.

With XMind, you can easily work through details of a problem to reach a solution.

1. Define the problem

The key to a problem definition is ensuring that you deal with the real problem. You should diagnose the situation so that you can focus on root causes of a problem. XMind offers the Fishbone diagram, also called Cause-and-Effect diagram to help you identify possible causes for a problem.

To do an in-depth analysis of the problem, just open a blank mind map with the fishbone structure and write the effect in the central topic. Here “Missed Deadline” as an example.

2. Analyze the problem

Analysis is a process of discovery of the facts, finding out what you know about the situation. With XMind, you can quickly write down the major categories of causes of the problems.

Write sub–causes branching off the causes.

The Fishbone diagram helps you clearly and easily illustrate the main causes and sub-causes leading to the effect.

3. List the possible options

At this stage, it’s time to brainstorm for solutions to the problem. To help keep your mind map clean, you may want to create a new sheet. XMind supports inserting multiple sheets to one workbook. Brainstorming is a great way to collect as many ideas as possible, then screen them to find the best idea. XMind’s new brainstorming mode allows you to classify inspirations in Idea Factory by groups.

After creating a number of ideas, you can easily drag and drop them to the mind map to see how different ideas could be connected together and create a plan of action.

4. Select the best solution

Skilled problem solvers use a series of considerations when selecting the best alternative. In XMind, you can look at each potential solution and carefully analyze it. By using the Matrix diagram you will have a clear overview of the pros and cons of each solution. Selecting the best solution becomes easier than ever.

5. Implement solution

Now, you’ve found the best solution. It’s time to assign responsibility. Problem-solving will be meaningless when it ends without any action steps. Who exactly is going to carry out the solution or the different elements of the solution? With XMind, you can assign tasks simply in the task info view.

What do you do when you are faced with a problem before? XMind is a great tool that can be used to help you solve problems effectively.

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