Designing Life

I have noticed, and I’m sure I’m not the only one, that self-improvement books are really about designing your own life. Often the methods align with aspects of the design process or design thinking methodology. Observe your life, identify what doesn’t work, brainstorm solutions and then implement. After implementation, reflect on the process, did the solution work? Are there further improvements? And so on.

This always seemed a really obvious way to look at the world, I’m sure that’s why I became a designer. However, that skill means I am constantly looking at my life for opportunities to improve. That’s great when I can avoid distraction and actually complete something, but often it means I have a wealth of “great” ideas and little follow through. I struggle with completion. I have a bit of a thing about endings, I tend to find them to be rather depressing. Often, I down right refuse to finish things, typically video games fall into this black hole. I am not the only artist struggle with this, Da Vinci was notorious for abandoning projects.

I think this is probably the biggest opportunity for improvement, become a completion-ist. Reflecting on what I wanted to achieve this year and who I want to be, I have identified some new goals.

  1. Get tidy – Thanks Marie Kondo
  2. Draw
  3. Create photography
  4. Read
  5. Puzzle
  6. Exercise
  7. Write
  8. Create

Through this year I have been working steadily towards these goals, but my own nature is definitely putting up a good fight to keep me in my comfy rut. However, I shall persevere.

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