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How to use design thinking to create a happier life for yourself

How to use design thinking to create a happier life for yourself

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Design Thinking And Our Life

Design thinking is a methodology to innovate new designs into products and services and can be applied to many other problems in our lives, including how we live them.

Designers who get stuck in various design problems, complications and unforeseen situations try to find innovativ...

Getting stuck in obstacles is a constant, common process in life, and while building any new design. We can get unstuck by doing what designers do: Reframing our beliefs, assumptions and situations.

Dysfunctional people, who are stuck in an old belief pattern will say things like:

  • We must know our passion.
  • We should know what to do by the time we are out of college.
  • We should keep optimizing to be at our best.

All of these belief patterns assume t...

We all want life to be meaningful and purposeful. When we connect the dots of life, trying to find out who we are, what we believe and what we do, our life story, however crooked, begins to take shape.

We can jot down our life views, our work life views, our relationships,...

Gravity problems are the things that you cannot change. You cannot do anything but accept gravity, and some problems are just there, whether we acknowledge them or not.

A work through or a work around strategy is required to handle a gravity problem.

An Odyssey plan or a rubric is when you have to ask certain questions with different sets of base standards, omitting certain parameters or constraints and imagining the result. It generates many ideas out of one idea.

Imagining different life designs and the outcome can trigger new ideas...

We can use new learning experiences to build a prototype of what we need in our minds. It can be a prototype conversation or experience.

Example: If we want to know how something works, we can intern there for a week to get hands-on knowledge with real-world experience.

Lik...

  • We need to make the right choice, as with every choice there is lost opportunity (called opportunity cost) and a time, energy and resource commitment.
  • Making the perfect choice is arduous and will consume a lot of time, while still not feeling satisfactory, due to regret, second gu...

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Historically, design has only been used to touch up a product’s aesthetics. It resulted in solutions that failed to meet customers’ needs. Design-thinking remedies this by approaching products from a human-centric viewpoint.

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