This one is really big for me.
Solving a problem, creating a product or aiming at anything, working backwards is perfect for increasing clarity and certainty.
Let’s say you have a problem, we all do. Now write the problem down in detail, this is your starting point.
Instead of immediately thinking what to do as a next step, think of your desired outcome when problem is completely solved. Write your optimum solution, be realistic but detailed.
This is your end point.
Now work backwards from the end to the start step by step to see how you can connect the two and what are the right potential steps.
We work on products all the time and this model is super helpful. Instead of creating it step by step, we conceptualise what the product should achieve at the end and then work backwards the design required or the content necessary.
Development most of the time starts after this scheme is in place.
You can always adjust the steps on the road but a framework provides clarity and speed.
So, start from the end.