Design your own life — reviewing (5/5)

Design goes beyond a pixel perfect user experience. I asked myself the question: “Can I apply design thinking to my own life?”. This time part 5 about reviewing your life.

Kent de Bruin
May 4, 2019 · 3 min read


Starting with all the different elements is one thing. But you can’t just wait and watch everything unfold the way you want. You will need a systematic approach to review and check on everything. You’ll be making small changes to your system, so it becomes the best it can be.

  • My quarterly review is designed to translate my long-term goals into current projects and stay laser-focused on outcomes.
  • My annual review is designed to redirect my time, effort, and attention toward new sets of goals by looking back on the past.

Annual review

3 years ago I came across planning your year for the first time. Back then I made a small list of some things I would like to achieve. It turned out to be powerful. A year-end review is like a little guidebook you always bring with you. It is the perfect way to analyze all the facets. I ask myself a couple of questions:

  • What went well and what didn’t?
  • What am I working toward?
  • How am I going to achieve new things?

Weekly Review

Every Sunday I do a quick review. I inspect all the projects and areas and plan ahead for the following week.

Kent de Bruin

Hi, I’m Kent. I’m a designer, writer & entrepreneur based in Amsterdam.

Kent de Bruin

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Designer, writer, entrepreneur. Tall and Dutch, based in Amsterdam. Writing makes me think 🧠

Kent de Bruin

Hi, I’m Kent. I’m a designer, writer & entrepreneur based in Amsterdam.

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