As I watched a recent 3P team in action – I could no longer ignore it. a little voice saying: ‘for any home improvement, you must use the 3P moonshine principles!’
Make it physical with zero cost, and then simulate the process within that physical environment many times to experience and improve the process.
Seems simple, but I’ve never thought of doing it at home. To be clear, little voice you’re saying:
- Before my wife and I knock down the wall that bugs us between our kitchen and living room, and put in the island that looks so cool in the magazines, we should find a way to mock up the physical environment and run through the scenarios of how we’d want to use the space?
- Before we change the furniture arrangement, or buy a new piece of art, or lamp, we should do the same?
Seeing the quality outcomes the team produced quickly and with no cost, the little voice’s answer was definite - ‘YES, absolutely!’ So, why don’t I?
- It takes time, effort, and creativity to create the mock ups – how could we do it for no money but still real enough that we can have a realistic experience?
- It takes patience. It’s a lot more fun to just tape up a picture on the fridge of the “Kitchen Nirvana” straight from a magazine, and start sledgehammering!
However, as I list these barriers, I realize none are in line with the wisdom I hope to live out, especially with the money, time, and energy that a home remodel requires.
So, for me, there are no excuses – I guess you’re right little voice.
Fortunately, a distinct lack of money is preventing me from taking any foolish home improvement actions at this time. However, if that ever changes, I will mock-up, simulate, improve, repeat, and then only after many cycles and the emergence of a thoughtful process, spend money.
Have you ever done this for your home or another area of your personal life? If yes, how’d it go? If not, what barriers emerged for you?
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