Whether you're trying to accomplish a goal or make some adjustments to your life, thinking like a coder will help you understand you position in the world and how to make use of the information all around you. The world of programming and reality share many parallels and coding is similar to life in more ways than one might think.
We can draw confluences between the way we write computer programs and live our lives, by applying the same concepts of how computers function into the process of how we perceive our reality and how we can change the surface of our lives. You are a programmer.
Programming is more than just code - it’s an art form that requires creative problem-solving skills. Learning to code is a highly creative discipline that requires effective problem-solving skills, and there are many key concepts that can be applied to designing a fulfilling and successful life. Here are some key elements to consider when designing your life:
Design Thinking is a process used to create meaningful solutions to challenging problems. It is a creative approach to problem solving that emphasizes the importance of understanding a user of a program, their needs, and the context of the problem before solving it. In this case - you are the user, and the program is Life.
First, let's talk about setting goals for ourselves. Just like how you set parameters for a function within a program before it runs, so too do you need to define what success looks like when designing your own life plan. This means setting clear objectives with measurable outcomes, allowing us to track progress towards them over time.
Additionally, these goals should be flexible enough to adjust according to changing circumstances – much like you would Refactor code if needed along the journey.
Once those targets are established, it’s important that all steps taken lead towards achieving them; this requires regular maintenance and refinement of both the software and yourself. In programming terms this could refer to debugging or testing against edge cases; while in real life this translates into getting rid of any “bugs” that may hinder productivity and refining strategies as necessary.
However, none of this will matter unless there is an underlying intentionality and reason for your development – why are these goals important to you? How are they aligned to a future vision of a reality you want for yourself?
Before establishing your goals, it's important to recognize your State by first making a recognition of where you are - then you can determine which areas would most benefit from development, and then you can make plans to work on those areas. It all comes down to finding a middle point between unconstrained imagination and methodical preparation.
Much like how developers often have an overarching vision they want their project to fulfill, so too must we identify our purpose in order to maintain focus and motivation during tough times!
Having a strong sense of Identity rooted in core values can provide guidance when decisions get difficult; allowing us to select paths which bring us closer towards fulfilling our dreams rather than distract from them or choose paths that point backwards.
Here are some questions for your reflection, to assist you in building out the mental world for recognizing your power in choosing your timeline.
To design your life as if you were coding it means to deconstruct what's important to you, and create the process to actualize the life you want into its individual steps.
Just like you would debug software when something isn't functioning properly, the first step is to identify areas that need to have changes made to them or opportunities that need to be investigated.
Now that you have a basic understanding of the process for designing your life like a programmer, it’s time to refine and implement your plan.
Answering the above questions for yourself is a foundational step in recognizing more of who you are, and the kind of person you want to become. Use this information to gather more internal resources for yourself and utilize your findings to set a plan into action to design the life you want.
Once everything has been finalized, it’s time to start taking actionable steps towards achieving each goal. It's important to remain focused and disciplined throughout this journey as there will likely be moments where things feel overwhelming or impossible. However, if you stay dedicated to executing your life design plan step-by-step, eventually you'll reach the end result of having created an exciting new future for yourself.
If you would want to collaborate with other Reality Designers who are also actively engaging in this process of self discovery - join our Discord Community where we frequently discuss these types of ideas.
Understanding what needs to happen in order to achieve success takes practice and experimentation - so don't be afraid to try different approaches until something sticks! With a little bit of trial and error, soon enough you'll discover useful ideas about how best approach thinking about life from a programmer's perspective.
Raymond is a multi disciplinary designer and developer working within the intersections of immersive web experiences and data visualization. For the last 8 years he has been developing a proprietary fractal geometry tool for trading the stock market, and is currently based out of San Diego, CA.
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