Kidlin’s Law: If you can write the problem down, then the matter is half solved

Recently I saw a video about the top 5 mindsets in the world. You can think about that statement whatever you want, but these mindsets did offer me some new insights. For me, one of the most interesting ones was Kidlin’s Law. Kidlin’s Law states that whenever you can write the problem down clearly, that the matter then is half solved. For someone who writes a lot, you can understand that this one grabbed my interest. The general statement doesn’t tell us a lot though, so it was hard to instantly know if I agree with the statement. So what other thing to do than to do some research?

After a quick search through the worldwide web I found a 5-step plan, which explains the various steps you need to take to make Kidlin’s Law be beneficial.

  1. Identify the problem
  2. Determine the root-causes of the problem
  3. Define the goals
  4. Develop solution ideas
  5. Evaluate and implement solutions

Identify the problem

Of course, to solve a problem, you first need to recognize what the problem is. Write it down as simple, but also as clear, as possible. If you know exactly what the problem is, it’ll be easier to move on with the rest of the 5-step plan. Also ask yourself, why the problem is a problem, and why it needs to be fixed. Maybe it isn’t that big of a deal to just let it be what it is. Not everything needs to be fixed. Identifying what the problem is, and if it is really a problem, will already give you some ease of mind. After that you can start making a plan.

Determine the root-causes of the problem

Where does the problem come from? When you are the reason of the problem, it will be way easier to fix something than when the root of the problem lies with something, or someone, else. During this step, you could also see that the solution to the problem lies completely out of you control. Then you should as yourself why you should worry about the problem. Why should you think about fixing something, that is not yours to be fixed? Of course it is different when you’re trying to help someone. But when the problem is taking control over your own mind, and is something you’re dealing with, you should really ask yourself if you can fix the problem. If not, then take my advice and stop worrying about it.

Define the goals

What will be waiting for you when the problem is solved? What goals will be reached? Let’s say that the problem is that you’re not living healthy. Imagine what would happen within your life when you would start living healthier. What would happen if you would adjust your diet? What would happen when you start running every single day? Probably you would be feeling way better, right? Because you will start to imagine what the outcome of solving the problem will be, you will start to build up the motivation to wanting to start fixing the problem.

Develop solution ideas

Now it is time to start brainstorming. We kinda already did that at step 3: Define the goals. When we will go back to the “not living healthy” problem, what could we do to start living a healthier life? When I start a brainstorming session, I don’t tend to think about it too much when I try to come up with ideas. Just write everything down that comes to mind. Give yourself 30 minutes to do that. After that you can look at all the solutions that you came up with, and look at which are the most effective ones that can help you solve the problem.

Evaluate and implement solutions

Now it is time to check if a solution is even possible. It can be, that after you developed some solution ideas, you will see that the solution is not possible (at the time). That is why you should ask yourself the following questions to ensure that a solution is possible.

  • Does the solution fit in the timeframe I have in mind?
  • Does the solution fit a scalable plan?
  • Does the solution really fix the problem, and is it realistic?
  • Is the solution really possible?

When you can answer these questions positively, you have the solution you’re looking for. Now you can create a plan with deadlines and milestones. You should also build some kind of feedback plan, so you can check up on yourself how the progress is going. Set reminders in your phone to follow-up on yourself. It is also not only to see if you are doing what you should be doing, but also to check if the solution is really the solution. If it is not, then maybe you should go back to the drawing board, and see if there’s another way to fix the problem.

So yeah, that is basically what Kidlin’s Law consists off. I think it is a amazing mindset for creating plans to fix problems. Do I think the matter is half solved when you can write down the problem? That is a hard one. I think for people like me, who write easily, and experienced a lot of brainstorming sessions, the biggest challenge is to take action after creating a plan. So I mostly see Kidlin’s Law as some sort of problem fixing routine, and don’t stick any percentages to it. I believe it really can help with giving you a start towards fixing problems. But after that, it is up to you to take action.

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  1. […] morning an at night after I get home. It is really energy draining, and I hate that. According to Kidlin’s Law though: “If you can write the problem down, the matter is half solved.” Of course then […]

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