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Mindful : February 2018
GUIDELINES 1 Be curious “Curiosity makes everything new,” write Evans and Burnett. “It invites exploration. It makes everything play. Most of all, curiosity is going to help you ‘get good at getting lucky.’ ” 2 Try stuff Designers have a bias to action. They make things happen. They cre- ate prototype after prototype, often failing, but failing better. “Designers embrace change,” the authors add. “They are not attached to a par- ticular outcome, because they are always focused on what will happen nex t—not what the final result will be.” 3 Reframe problems Are you working on the wrong problem? Refram- ing is a good way to get unstuck. It allows you to step back, examine your biases, and open up your mind to new possibili- ties. For example, if you’re stuck in the dysfunctional belief that you should already be where you’re going, here’s a simple reframe: “You don’t know where you’re going until you know where you are.” 4 Be mindful of the process Some of the best inventions—the Slinky, Super Glue, Play-Doh, to name a few—hap- pened because somebody made a mistake. That’s why letting go of your first good- but-not-great solution is often an impor tant part of the process. When you think like a designer, “you learn to be aware of the process,” write Evans and Burnett. “Life is a journey; let go of the end goal and focus on the process.” 5 Engage in radical collaboration While great ar t is often a solitary endeavor, great design is inevita- bly a team effort. That’s especially true of life design. “Many of the best ideas are going to come from other people,” they add. “You just need to ask. And know the right questions to ask.” Most of all, it’s impor tant to be attuned to life as it really is. As Burnett is fond of saying, “No life plan ever survives its first contact with reality.” In their book, Designing Your Life, Bill Burnett and Dave Evans describe the “mindsets” designers use that can help you “build anything, including a life you love.” Think Like a Designer