Design Think your life

Using a holistic methodology to transform your life

We have all been hearing the term Design Thinking for a while now. The latest HBR issue ( September 2015) has a cover story dedicated to it.

It is a methodology or more importantly a “philosophy” that was championed by the globally renowned design consulting firm IDEO.

But what is it really ?

Design thinking takes the principles of Design and uses it to solve “problems”.

It starts with ascertaining what the real problem is. In fact IDEO has an interesting stage that they call Question ZERO. This is about what question we are not asking. Let’s say the question posed by us is how do we lose 10 kg of weight. But if use question zero, we may ask questions like why do we need to lose weight in the first place. That might reveal that maybe we wanted the confidence to attract a life partner of even a job. So the problem to solve actually would be to build self confidence and not necessarily lose weight.

So, with the above line of questioning we end up solving the right problem.

Once we have a fix on what we really want to solve, we start gathering holistic data. From observations, contextual interviews, etc. We can start gathering evidence for situations we have been confident in life as observed by others. Getting different perspectives to ourselves can alter the way we look at things. We can also look at other data not pertaining to us specifically like how others build their confidence muscles like playing games, sports, etc.

We put all the data together and look for insights that would work for us. lifeMaybe we find out that when we feel like we are helping others, we tend to be most confident.

So we come up with different ways we can always help others consciously.

We decide to prototype and test one or two approaches and use those experiements as way to get more conclusive data and refine the approaches.

So, rather than worry about whether if we will ever be self-confident, we start inching towards self-confidence with small testable and measurable steps and with the actions taken and learning gathered, we change attitude via behaviour and not the other way around !

This is how Design thinking can help us literally Design our lives the way we want !

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