I’d planned a case study for this week’s blog, but it’s fallen through, so instead here’s a video on how to design your life.
If you read around the self-development literature for a while, you start to see the same recurrent themes come up again and again. That’s predictable, of course, because people have been working on this issue for thousands of years and the best ideas tend to stick. But it also means it’s quite refreshing when a new perspective appears.
Here’s a TEDx talk from Bill Burnett that takes a design engineer approach to life planning. It had some juicy new ideas for me:
One of the most disruptive and discomforting things about limerence is that it can cause an “identity quake”. You are compelled to re-examine yourself, your life, and your choices as a consequence of being confronted by an irresistible force.
If you’re skilful or fortunate, it is possible to transform this into an opportunity to become more purposeful. However, taken too far, this reinvention can turn into a complete collapse of self-confidence. It can feel like your future life is a blank page, and you are paralysed by indecision about what to write or draw on it.
That’s why I like this approach to life design. It’s got some simple tasks that get you moving – as Bill Burnett puts it, provide a bias towards action – and prevent the analysis paralysis that many of us get caught in.
So, if you are feeling stuck, adrift, or indecisive, try out some of the ideas. The worst thing you’ll lose is a couple of hours that you’d probably have spent on Twitter anyway.