The Unknown Power Of Design

Why Is It Critical for our success and happiness to "design" our work?

Because, if we aren't building our aspirations and dreams for our business and our lives right now, they probably aren't going to happen anytime soon, or if ever.

One of the problems is there are more fascinating, intriguing, thrilling and curious things to do today than ever before in the history of humankind, and we want to do most, if not all of them.

Ten minutes easily turns into an hour when we’re catching up with friends on facebook or reading twitter…not to mention reading the news.  Forget email.  Who doesn’t have an inbox filled with unread emails that will most likely never be read or responded to?  Who doesn’t have a coffee table, bed-side table or bookshelf filled with books they want to read, and probably never will?  We resort to listening to only the most highly recommended books on Audible while we are out hiking or on the cross-trainer at home; or we read our Kindles and iBooks on the ferry as we commute to work. There are business courses, personal development programs and conferences we want to attend… but we can’t fit all of it into our schedule.

There are so many more exercise programs and different sports to play than ever before.  I just found out about land paddling.  I’d only ever seen people paddle boarding in the surf while on vacation in Hawaii. Now, you can land paddle down the street in front of your house, too. Who knew?

Simply staying in touch with friends and family can be hard.  We are busy.  They are busy.  When was the last time you had a good conversation with someone who’s really important to you?

Can you get my point?  There is so much more to choose from than ever before and you can’t do it all. That’s right. We can’t do it all and people who say you can are living in a dream world, not the real world.

So, what can we do about it and what are we going to do about it? Before we resolve this problem, let's clarify further: 

It's Worse Than You Think...

We are not going to get another “today” or “yesterday."  We say, “see you next time,” or “we’ll get together next month or year,” but do you really know when that will be? For some of us who say these things, there isn’t going to be a next time.

It’s good to understand that how we use our time -- what we give our time to -- directly impacts our experience of life.  It determines the areas where we will succeed. It defines the arenas where we will have our greatest accomplishments.

What we give our time to today, determines our achievements and successes down the road. Everyone knows that exercising today contributes to our health and vitality next week and so on.  How we use our time, today and tomorrow, really DOES matter.

Time is the most limiting factor in our lives. It is the access to our success and our enjoyment. Whether or not we are succeeding in our business and thriving in our lives is directly connected to the way we spend this most precious resource.

It Gets Even Worse:

Many of us have grown up watching television over the years. Television programs have 29 second or 56 second commercials every 4 minutes or so. Non-commercial television is relatively new in our lives. Over time our nervous systems have adjusted to interruptions at that frequency. Have you noticed how easy it is to be distracted…our attention grabbed by something else. It could be anything around us, other people, cell phones…even ourselves. (Yes, we do distract ourselves.) The net result is we fail to achieve what we set out to do. And, many times our failure goes unnoticed because we are so distracted.

The Big Question: 

Being easily distracted, having limited time, with more things to do than ever before, how are we going to fulfill the aspirations we have for our lives? 

There is a good chance they will not happen.

A Possible Solution

  • We could consciously design how we are going to spend our time and resources, rather than falling prey to the default routines we’ve come to know.
  • We could create a plan or pathway to guide the use of our time and our other resources.
  • We could choose our areas of growth.  
  • We could go to work on building the dreams and aspirations we have for our lives in an intentional and focused manner.

Yes, we are going to get distracted. However, if we have a plan it becomes a reference point to see when we stray off course. A plan can help us get back on track.  When we are interrupted or a whim grabs our attention, we have a way to recover.  

That is why we recommend doing a design process to consciously design the successful accomplishments of your goals and projects. Also, we recommend a rigorous design process  be done every 3 months.