What problems are you painting with explanations, disguising with excuses, and trying to solve with Houdini-style quick-fixes when you know the problems require solutions that address issues far below the surface or beyond what is observed by you and others?
In his autobiography My American Journey, former U.S. Secretary of State General (Ret.) Colin Powell tells about assuming command of the 75,000 troops making up V Corp in West Germany. Shortly after his arrival, Powell warned the ten bases under his command that after his first tour of a community, his future visits would be with short notice adding that "The smell of fresh paint and the sight of white-washed sidewalks is a sure sign of an insecure commander" (My American Journey, page 321).
Covering up insecurity with whitewash is about as effective as trying to solve a complex problem with assumptions, guesses, and a lot of trying whatever seems like a plausible solution. When we allow the pressure for results to keep us from determining the root cause of a problem, we can expect to see the problem resurface, usually with mutations caused by little fixes that felt like progress but actually complicated the situation.
Chronic fire-fighting and recurring problems are almost always symptomatic of an inadequate process for determining the cause of problems. Before you name something as the cause of a problem, take the time to ask yourself if the alleged cause can, by itself, explain both what your problem is and what it is not.
In his Creative Whack Pack Roger von Oech tells a story about jazz legend Count Basie's refusal to play in a club until the owner fixed a piano that was perpetually out of tune. A month later, Basie received a call that the piano was ready to play. When he returned to the club, Basie found that the piano was still out of tune.
"You said you fixed it!" said an exasperated Basie.
"I did," said the owner. "I had it painted."
If you're genuinely interested in solving a problem--slow down, put away your paint can, and take the time needed to clearly define your problem and determine its cause. You may not get awards for your speed--but you will likely be recognized for your solutions.