Designing Wellbeing Experiments

Step 1: See the Future

Step 2: Identify the Themes

  • I wake up energized
  • Excited to start the day
  • Prioritize time for creative projects
  • Eat healthy food
  • Eat delicious food
  • Do something good for my body every day
  • Do something good for my mind every day
  • I exercise often
  • Not glued to screens
  • Have outdoor playtime with my partner
  • I feel peace
  • I wake up energized
  • Ready to start the day
  • Prioritize time for creative projects
  • Do something good for my mind every day
  • Eat healthy food
  • Eat delicious food
  • Do something good for my body every day
  • I exercise often
  • Not glued to my screens
  • Have outdoor playtime with my partner
  • I feel peaceful
  • I wake up energized
  • Ready to start the day
  • Prioritize time for creative projects
  • Do something good for my mind every day
  • Eat healthy food
  • Eat delicious food
  • Do something good for my body every day
  • Exercise often
  • Not glued to my screens
  • Have outdoor playtime with my partner
  • I feel peace

Step 3. Pick a Theme

Step 4. Outline Your Long Term Intentions

  • I move around more during the workday
  • I’ve found an exercise I enjoy and do it 3 nights a week after work
  • My partner and I go hiking on the weekends

Step 5. Brainstorm Experiments

  • Set up a break reminder on my laptop
  • Have walking meetings
  • Get a standing desk
  • Get a walking desk
  • Get a balance board
  • Walk for half my lunch break

Step 6. Design Your Experiments

  1. Research break apps tonight
  2. Install app tomorrow
  3. Set the break reminder for 50-minute increments
  4. Take at least 4 breaks per day this week
  5. Evaluate results a week from now
  • Enlist other co-workers to use the break application with you
  • Create a small reward: tea from the kitchen or a few minutes outside
  • Use the time to walk over and connect with a co-worker
  • I want to be more creative and productive and moving helps.
  • My back feels better at the end of the day
  • I want more exercise and even little breaks throughout the day count

Step 7. Assess, Iterate and Expand

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Rainey Straus

Rainey Straus

Artist. Designer. Coach. Wellbeing and the more-than-human world. www.raineystraus.net