Using Designing Skills to Design Your Day

Does being a good designer mean you’re better at planning things? The realistic answer would be “not always” but I think it should be that way. If a whole circle of people rely on you to design the next great thing but you can’t even design how your own day unfolds, it might mean you just love designing but don’t have much willpower or that you’re not a good designer at all. Maybe not though!

Ironically, this viewpoint adds and in some ways goes against the point I was trying to make in a previous blog post: Why designs don’t always go as a planned.

When you sit down at your drawing table and design something, you’re using the same part of the brain that someone like David Goggins or Jocko Willink, figures known for their supreme willpower, use when they sit down at the breakfast table and plot out what their day is going to look like. They have to visualize things, plan what’s going to go where, and it’s no different than designing a sweater in my opinion.

Maybe if you’re a designer with bad willpower you’ve been doing yourself a disservice your whole life by lying to yourself. You might tell yourself you have no control over your actions, so you procrastinate when you should be working. Stop lying to yourself about this! Realize that if you’re able to design anything, you’re able to design the perfect day for yourself.

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Why designs don’t always go as planned

Imagine you’re sitting at your desk with a pen, you’re a famous designer with a deadline for the next fashion show. You’re trying to design a new costume when after hours of nothing an image of the perfect design pops in your head. You only see the image for a split second but that’s long enough to remember it and draw it down. You draw hastily in case you forget what you saw in your mind. The, when you stand back and think you drew enough to immortalize your spontaneous idea, you frown and think what you drew looks nothing like what you saw in your mind.

Upset, you crumple up your page, chew on your pen and go back to square one. Why didn’t this design go as planned. It’s because the human memory isn’t perfect. This example illustrates the reason why many designs fail to look like what we imagined once they’re materialized.

Another analogy of why our designs don’t always go as planned is designing our own future. Imagine a young man who designed his youth to become a salesman for his dad’s car shop. When he turns the ripe age, he finds out his dad sold the shop and retired, leaving him with no career and has to rethink his future. Stuff like this happens all the time and this brings us to our second reason designs often fail: because we can’t predict the future.

Why do you think designs often fail? Let me know.

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