Feb 7, 2022
A book I recommend to many coaching clients is “Designing Your
Life” by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans. I’ve even had a
client use a several month coaching engagement specifically to
focus on the exercises in the book. What makes it such a potent
tool? Design thinking.
What happens if we take the same principles that are used to
create the fastest road bike or most efficient electric vehicle and
apply them to help us live our best life? The concept was not only
intriguing, it blew me away. In today’s episode we break down
one tool from Designing Your Life: gauging how
full/empty we are in 4 buckets of life (health, love, work, play),
determining if these buckets are in balance, and introducing the
process for rebalancing.
- “Designing Your Life” thinking is about approaching
life from the perspective of engineering and design, building
prototypes to see what does/doesn’t work and using that information
to create your next iteration.
- When thinking about the quality of your life, Bill
Burnett and Dave Evans suggest that you assess your life in terms
of these 4 distinct yet overlapping areas: health, work,
love, and play.
- Start with health, since it is the foundation of all of
the other gauges or buckets (pick your metaphor).
- While it is often imbalance the work gauge/bucket that
brings people to seek the help of a physician coach, work is just
another bucket in the totality of what goes into making your
- The love bucket takes into consideration both the love
you give and the love you receive.
- The final gauge is play. Play is vital because it
allows you to massively recharge.
- Once you have determined where your gauges fall or the
fullness of your 4 buckets, the next step is to determine whether
there is an imbalance and how to correct it. Only you can answer
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