I recently acquired a problem and it left me with an immediate sense of dread. After I calmed from my initial sense of trepidation, I had to analyze why I felt that immediate panic. Here's what I came up with:
The pace of solving a problem, doesn't always track with the pace of acquiring one.
I was never a huge fan of bowling. I like it, for sure, but I never cared what my score was nor was I that person who knew what he rolled on a regular basis. You know the kind—folks who know what their handicap is. (How do you even compute that?) Despite my laconic appreciation for the sport, I've always had an obsession with a seven-ten split. The seven-ten split is hitting one pin, that's not even close to another, in such a way that it takes out the other. It may be one of the preeminent skills in bowling, appreciated by the veteran as well as the amateur.
Effectively, it's addressing one action that solves multiple problems.
In an age of distraction where we can barely concentrate on the issue(s) in front of us, it's a great thing to consider how to solve problems thoroughly — working our ways through a problem. It's even better to solve them in such a way, that allows us to solve additional problems. I've been thinking about this as I get a problem and consider the pace at which solving said problem means I have ignore other problems. It'd be great to address the two, wouldn't it?
Having said that, the initial problem needs to be addressed thoroughly, so despite the effort if not obsession in attempting to solve two problems with one action, I can't get overly focused on the two... I gotta focus on solving the one. Perhaps the time comes where the two problems can be lined up and solved together, but focusing on the one is an important mental focus. Like Navy Seals say: "eat the elephant one bite at a time."