Constraints: Can’t Beat ‘Em

Two tech designers, Dave Evans and Bill Burnett, turned their Stanford course method into a best seller called Designing Your Life. This method is informed by their experience engineering popular apps. This, of course, is a job based on iteration, problem solving, and creativity. Their method has one particular principle worth sharing. 

The method addresses what they call gravity problems. Gravity, for example, is an unchangeable constraint on Earth. For an architect, for example, to complain about it, avoid it, or wish it away would be a waste of time. Instead, they acknowledge the constraint of gravity and use it to inform their designs. 

For Evans and Burnett, treating gravity problems as a problem worth solving is a misuse of attention and resources. Instead, these are facts of life. To use highly effective design principles, you ought to view the constraints as an opportunity for design. In that way, an app designer doesn’t brainstorm on how to make the common cell phone screen larger. Instead, she designs an app that fits to the screen on the iPhone. 

There are two main steps to reframe a gravity problem in your life:

  1. Understand a gravity problem as a constraint rather than a solvable issue. 
  2. Utilize the constraints as an opportunity to create focused value. 

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Are there gravity problems in your life that you’re treating like a solvable issue?

8/5/21 WOD


Complete 4 Rounds of the Following:

16 Back Barbell Reverse Lunges(Total)
40m Farmer Carry

Then, EMOM 16
1: 12 Wide Inverted Rows
2:12 Goblet Squats
3: 8 Renegade Rows

4: 10 Evil Wheels


EMOM 16 

E: 2 Hang Power Clean 
O: 4 broad jumps

Then, EMOM 12 

:12 sprint 

Then, complete 4 rounds for quality of:

8 Strict Chin Ups 
10 HK Press (ea)


Touch & Go Double Broad Jumps

Power Clean

Complete 3 rounds for quality of:

8 1 1/4 Goblet Squats
15 Jump Squats
50’ Sled Push

-Rest as Needed-

Then, complete the following for time:

200 KB Swings (70/53)
**Every break perform 5 burpees