Several years ago, I read a book titled, “Don’t Make Me Think” by Steve Krug. It’s about website usability, and specifically about developing websites that are so intuitive for people to use, that they don’t have to give it much thought at all. After reading this book, I realized that this concept of not making people think is equally applicable in other areas beyond technology.
For instance, if you’re in charge of a building or venue that the public uses, like a church or an event center, you can apply this concept of not making people think, by ensuring the facility has signage that clearly directs patrons to the restrooms (Have you ever seen a sign that says “Restrooms”, but doesn’t direct you to where the restroom actually is? I have!)
I love when I realize that a concept has application beyond the context in which I discovered it. It reminds me to not only be on the lookout for new ideas, but also to be on the lookout for how I can apply existing ideas in new arenas.
Be on the lookout for how you can apply new and existing ideas beyond their original context. It will give you more options in your problem solving toolbelt, as well as helping you improve your own personal performance.