#dchat: What are your design thinking resolutions?

Photo by Flickr user vanhookc. We're officially back from winter break, and we're kicking off the year with our first #dchat on Jan. 7 at 6pm PT. The topic is rooted around the New Year: What are your design thinking resolutions? Now, there are a slew of recommendations as to how to implement changes in your behavior. Commit to small changes rather than sweeping ones, opt for adopting new systems over setting new goals, and so on.

There's a family that holds a competition throughout the course of the year to see who can keep their resolutions. Dilbert creator Scott Adams has a whole list of recommendations for how to be happier in 2014 (with the appropriate caveat that one should probably not take medical advice from a cartoonist). When it comes to resolutions, there's plenty to read. But it's almost impossible not to think about making a resolution or two when the new year rolls around.

One component of the design-thinking process stood out to me when my mind turned to resolution-making: mindset. This is an important part of the design-thinking process. There's the need to adopt the mindset of a child when tackling complicated problems, and to keep an open mind during brainstorming. Mindset is incredibly powerful, and making a point to more actively adjust your mindset daily can help produce real changes. So, my resolution this year is to be more active in controlling my mindset to fit my needs, rather than letting my mindset control my actions.

So, what's your design-thinking resolution? I'll be online at 6pm PT on Tuesday, Jan. 7 to start off the conversation. If you plan to join us, feel free to let me know on Twitter or in the comments.

In the meantime, here are some highlights from our last #dchat with d.school fellow and San Francisco Unified School District Board of Education commissioner Matt Haney:

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