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The 4 steps of Design Thinking to boost your work

Ayse Birsel presents a series of useful suggestions to revitalize design thinking, the phase that precedes the realization and processing of a project.

Ayse Birsel presents a design process that is called Deconstruction: Reconstruction (destructuring / reconstruction) divided into 4 steps of design thinking, passages that could prove to be effective to find inspiration day by day regardless of which job you usually engage in.

At the base of it all there are the processes, to which we must give confidence so that creativity can be trained, because it is not true that exercise, practice and dedication are not necessary to be truly creative.

and it turns out to be a winning strategy when you consider how many awards and engagements the designer has already won (for example, the Herman Miller office furniture, or the kitchen utensils for Target).

Deconstruction: Reconstruction works with a 4-step organized system of design thinking that helps to think differently, with greater optimism and creativity, even at work.

STEP 1: DESTRUCTURING. Set aside the whole.

In design thinking, destructuring is not a new idea. Even Ren Descartes – the French mathematician and scientist – had already talked about it in the 16th century: "Dividing every difficulty into so many parts is indispensable to solve any problem". This step requires the same approach. Begin to draw up a mapping of those aspects that block your work, for example: co-workers, time, places, goals, efforts, earnings. Then go ahead and deconstruct every single block you have marked in smaller parts until you have finished all the notes that you feel the need to put in black and white. Have a look: have you written love? make sure there is written love somewhere. And money? 80% of the people who have deconstructed their work have forgotten about money! Here is a list of the most frequent impressions: You yourself are your biggest obstacle and you need to get rid of it in your own way. Work becomes a mad rush (to have the most powerful car, the biggest house and the most money). Get back in touch with your truest intentions (for example, help others make a dream come true, give something without expecting anything backwards, do something you love). Every single piece you have deconstructed counts, now it's time to think about what you already have and how to enhance it. Observing something that has been fragmented allows you to decide what to keep and what to get rid of, where possible, what to change and what to eliminate, how to connect the most disparate aspects and how to identify new possible connections.

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Step 2: POINT OF VIEW. Look at the same things differently.

The goal of design thinking is to look at the usual things from a different perspective: at this stage that the heart of creativity and inspiration pulsate. Think about the people you admire at work, write down their names and define them and their qualities in detail. For some, the heroes are the teachers or teachers of life, people and sources of inspiration who reconnect to their own intentions, inspiring them to undertake significant projects. What can your heroes instill in you? What values? Can they inspire you when you have to do better at work?

Step 3: RECONSTRUCTION. Put back together.

Rebuilding teaches us to do more with less. Not possible to have everything, but you can aim to make choices that lead to the creation of something unique. The reconstruction of one's work consists in making choices about what you want in your work, knowing that it will not be possible to have everything (for example, you will never have enough time, energy or resources). Choose 3 things you want in your work , the work you love. The number 3 will remind you that it is not possible to have everything and for this reason it would be difficult to put it in the first place. Remember that every choice you make lays the foundation of your work.Some of the participants in a workshop have marked: Acting from an authentic placeEating constantlyPerseverareHave an indomitable determinationWalking at your own pace Acting with integritySaving livesSaving your own voiceSearching to be a complete teacher Refine your modality with which something is donePick up the longevityBe conscientiousBeing generousHumble Being curiousTo pursue the dreams fearlessBe braveBeing boldDistinguishingGiving your best in love

Step 4: EXPRESSION. From the shape.

Now that you have the main ingredients for your work, shape it! Any expressive form is fine, you can draw, you can make a project or you can simply describe what you aspire to. In the workshops these impulses were highlighted: I POINT UP! Through sharing the things I believe in; knowing how I can contribute; acting with integrity. I AM STRONG! I expose myself even if I am afraid; I take care of my body to be healthy; I try to be honest. I AM KIND! I welcome people; I believe in good in people; I am kind to myself.

Now it's up to you with design thinking.

Draw exactly how you would like to be, think of someone, a tree, a mountain, a rock and identify your qualities through this metaphor. Then do this daily exercise: try to understand how to make the three qualities you mentioned more and more your own , start doing it before you go to work and have the intention – as well as the will to give life to these qualities. Design your dream job in 2017. Make it a prototype, make a list of friends and collaborators to involve. Test for at least a year. In a year's time, take your notes again today and look at your goals, and then continue to redesign the work you love.