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Quick Simple Problem Card


A Quick Simple Problem is something that you can do in a very short amount of time. Ideally, you should start with problems that are 15-20 minutes long. If you cannot get it done in such a short amount of time, then you have not broken the problem down to a simple enough level.


Quick Simple Problems are:

  • Related to a larger goal
  • Easy to do with the stuff you have handy
  • Simple enough that you don't have to think too much about how to do it


You will need a few simple things:

  • A goal or project that you are working on
  • A file card or small piece of paper
  • A pen or pencil
  • A few minutes to think about the possible problems you can solve


To make a Quick Simple Problem Card:

On the Front:

  1. Write your name and the date on the top line
  2. Write the goal that you are working towards on the second line. It should be a sentence.
  3. Write three quick simple problems that you think can be solved in 20 minutes or less.

On the back,

  1. Write Future Problems


To use the Quick Simple Problem Card:

  • Get to work!
  • Solve the problems you have indicated as quickly and effectively as possible.
  • Check off or cross off the problems as you solve them.
  • Write new ideas of problems you could solve on the back of the card.
  • Recognize your accomplishments!

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