How I use a design mindset to help me build good habits
Bruno Rigolino on
Habits are decisive actions. They have a similar effect as compound interest: good habits leverage exponential value, bad habits lead to problems.
Here is how I’m using my design mindset to help me build some of my habits:
First, I ask: "How can I create the best [e.g., meditation; reading] experience for myself?"
Then I ask questions like:
- What is the “job” to be done?
- What actions are involved?
- What artifacts do I need?
- When is this happening?
- Where do I need to be?
- Who else is involved?
Then, I prototype it.
I simulate the habit in a controlled situation to find bumps in my experience. (E.g. Is there a clock ticking while I try to concentrate in my first attempts to meditate?) Building habits are usually challenging, so I try to create the best experience I can for myself.
After I smooth the most apparent bumps in the process, I commit to the first version of my habit.
I like the idea of having the first version of a habit because it relieves the pressure of committing to every possible feature associated with it. A first version solves essential requirements and creates the room to learn and improve.