It is very important to have time to think about a problem to be solved and not to rush into looking for solutions. What are the implications of this problem? What will happen if nothing is done? Why has this problem been created? Could have been prevented? What is the real problem about this problem? Is it part of a bigger problem?
On many occasions we can make assumptions about the magnitude of a problem thinking that the situation is far worse than it is in reality. Or it could be the opposite, there is a problem that we don´t consider it as a problem and later it could become a serious one.
I have found that on many occasions it can be more interesting (cost effective, easy, etc.) to use a product or service that has been designed for other purpose. Also it can be very interesting that once that a solution has been found, we ask ourselves what other problems could this solution be helpful for.
The original view of the above drawing from the sky could seem a roof, but also could be part of stairs or other shapes. Conclusion: Don´t rush to look for solutions until you dedicate time to think about the problem.
“If I had an hour to solve a problem I'd spend 55 minutes thinking about the problem and 5 minutes thinking about solutions.” Albert Einstein