braindump, wrapped with bow
Focus on building habits that encourage the skills and modes of thinking you're working to develop in yourself and your work. If you want to become a better problem-solver, and you know that an important step in problem-solving is breaking a problem down into comprehensible slices, approach your problem that way from the get-go: work to form the habit of breaking big projects into small tasks. Make it a part of your ritual when you start a new project, and eventually the breakdown process that's so key to problem solving will be habit embedded in your brain.
Identify the components, or constituent parts, of the well-oiled machine you'd like to build--then work with those parts every single day, til using them in combination is second nature.