So I've been staring at the prompts for this blog post for a solid 20 minutes and couldn't decide which one to do; they're all dumb. So I decided to do the problem-solving one, with this as my problem. One of the obstacles I fell prey to was that I was too focused on the obvious way to answer the topics. For example, I was not too keen on sharing a personal experience for this particular prompt. I solved this problem by consulting with outside sources (my friends) and they suggested I do this prompt and use choosing a prompt as my problem. Finding outside sources to help you find new ways of solving problems is one way researchers say can help. I think one barrier to good problem solving that also is not often considered is apathy. If you have no real motivation to solve the problem and no interest in it, then it is much harder to find a solution.