Living by Design: Putting the Pieces Together

Living by Design: Putting the Pieces Together

I believe in living by design. Having a clear picture of the person you want to be, a set of life objectives, and a plan that you can follow in order to reach these goals. Most importantly, I believe in doing this from the ground up - understanding your nature at its most fundamental level is the foundation. Too often I hear people accepting whatever ‘life sends my way’ and living their life by default. Over the past few blogs I’ve shared my personal experience in doing this for myself and with others - and what I learnt along the way. We’ve had a hard look at the foundations - our values, and from there our purpose. While these aspects are critical, they’re not enough on their own. Like any plan, principles and orientation are not enough, we also need specific clarity, and to nail the execution! It might seem kind of funny to apply this systems-centric, project style delivery to our own lives - but why? By simply being too conceptual, we can all fail in our pursuit of living by design and purpose. With that in mind, let’s bring it all together with a method you can use to get clear and keep track of ‘Project You’.

Structure is Key

Your design process needs structure. This will help uncover the answers within while giving you some key components to actively manage. In addition, we need to document our process and record our findings. You can use these ‘Living By Design’ slides to assist you in discovering the following:

Values: Those principles that govern all of your decisions and interactions.

Fulfilment - if life fulfillment was a wheel, what aspects of your life would make up your wedges? (E.g. Family, Career, Health.) If you were completely satisfied with where each segment was at, would you feel fulfilled? Yes? Then you probably have the right wedges. By scoring your satisfaction for each wedge out of 10 every now and then, you can expose where your life is going well and which areas need some love.

Purpose:  Your why, what you most deeply value

Priorities: What things in life are most important to you, now and for the year ahead?

Strengths and Weaknesses: Where do you shine? Where do you flounder?

Self-Management: What do you know about yourself that can help you stay in an optimum state? Good examples are managing stress, energy, or mood.

Goals & Commitments: Based upon your self discovery, what SMART goals do you want to achieve? Where a goal doesn’t fit the SMART model - what commitments will you make to yourself, your behaviours or actions that you will ensure you follow through on regularly e.g. Being kind to others.

Systemise It

We all have a lot going on in our lives. Software platforms can provide great support for memory and discipline. Go no further than Asana as your digital assistant for living the right life. Asana is a simple yet powerful task management platform that’s a cinch to use - see here for how to get started quickly. Each of the sections in italics above can we made into sections just by adding a colon to the end of the task. Each section can have sub-items or tasks, either as supporting content for your planning or for actual task that you want to be reminded to complete once or periodically.

So now you have the structure and the tools necessary to ensure you’re living your best life - one filled with meaning, purpose and by design - what are you going to do differently tomorrow?...