I just returned from Design Thinking Bootcamp with DT Academy. It was an amazing experience with so many insights that I am still trying to assimilate (and will eventually share) into my thinking. However, there is one the stands out for me, more from a personal level, then from a business application standpoint (though it’s helpful here as well): the need to re-frame & pivot.
In a world full of constant change I believe that we can take a lesson from design thinking when it comes to designing our lives. As we gain more information, learn new things, sometimes we have to re-frame our personal plans and pivot in a different direction.
This may seem simple to some but sometimes I struggle with letting go of a plan I make for myself when I know it’s not working or I can’t keep up with it. I start to feel like a failure or that I can never finish what I started. However, if I approach it with the mindset of a design thinker, I realize that I am just re-framing my plan and choosing to pivot it based on new information and insights.
I created this 6 month learning plan a view months ago to help get myself out of a rut. I started with the topic of Design Thinking and then an opportunity presented itself for me to do a deeper dive with the DT Bootcamp, shifting my other topics to the right. Now I am not so sure the rest of the topics are the ones I want to explore or if my self imposed timelines are right.
I think it’s time to use my newly formed design thinking mindset to re-frame & pivot my plan and my life. Off to the drawing board using Designing Your Life by Stanford Design Thinking professors Bill Burnett and Dave Evans, as my guide ; )
Have you ever experienced something similar? Would love to know how you have approached the need to re-frame and pivot your plan (or life) in the comments below or on twitter.