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Designing your life

Design and prototype your life using design thinking based on Bill Burnett and Dave Evan's book.

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What is Designing Your Life about?

Designing Your Life is a 2016 book by Bill Burnett and Dave Evan that is based on the course they teach at Stanford university.

The book walks readers through the process of designing a fulfilling and joyful life using design thinking methodology that is usually applied only to products and services. Design thinking is a human-centered problem-solving approach that focuses on understanding the needs of the user, in this case you, then identifying problems, generating ideas, creating prototypes and testing solutions.

How do I use this template?

The template we provide follows the structure of the book and makes it easy to follow along and complete the exercises. We've also included some notes and definitions in case you don't have the book open while you do the exercises.

If you complete the steps in the template you should get right up to the point where you start considering jobs that align with your ideal life.

Be sure to check out the Designing your life website for more information on the book.

How to use the template

The bullet journal template has two main sections, the calendar, and the monthly '⏳ Future' sections.

The calendar - A long list of months with each month containing the days for that month. You'll add your tasks, notes and events under each day.

The future logs - Each month has a '⏳ Future' section that serves as a placeholder for activities that should be completed during that month but do not yet have a specific date.

The monthly log allows you to view all the events for a given month. You create this view by clicking on the bullet for the current month and then clicking on the star ⭐️ to save that view in the left hand sidebar.

The daily log allows you to quickly jump to today and work on the day's tasks and events, and add notes. You create this view by searching for 'Today' in the menu bar and then clicking on the star ⭐️ to save that view in the left hand sidebar.

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