Rahul's 12 favourite problems

A brief intro into 12 favourite problems.

It was Richard Feynman, the Nobel Winning physicist who said:

You have to keep a dozen of your favorite problems constantly present in your mind, although by and large they will lay in a dormant state. Every time you hear a new trick or a new result, test it against each of your twelve problems to see whether it helps. Every once in a while, there will be a hit, and people will say, ‘How did he do it? He must be a genius!”

The general idea is create a map of your own curiousities, so that your mind always know what burning problems it is trying to solve. The 12 questions will act as the centre piece to your intellectual explorations, and to an extend keeps you grounded and focused in a widely distracting world.

If you can make your 12 favourite problems public, then it will attract like minded people to you, which is essential when you are solving complicated problems that may need multiple perspectives and expertise.

My favourite 12 problems to solve for

Even though I have know about this concept for around two years now, I did not bother applying it for myself. I think I know the reason to that as well; I try to solve too many things at the same time. Too broad and grand are my projects and I feel like I have not completed anything to fullest to provide tangible benefits to the word or have’nt added anything to the collective human repository of knowledge.

So by trying to frame my 12 favourite problems here, I am trying to better focus myself and has a clearer vision of what I am searching for.

The 12 favourite problems

  1. [[ How to create a design system that is broad and useful at scale ]]?
  2. How to live life intentionally without losing the serendipity of unexpected discoveries and experiences?
  3. How to create a framework for generating specific content systems?
  4. How to share knowledge and information in a more accessible and interesting manner?
  5. How to better externalise your thoughts and ideas, while connecting it with information that is all ready available in the ourside world?
  6. How to excercise productivity that in personal, mindful and meaningful?
  7. How to help brands and humans communicate better internally and externally through written and visual mediums?
  8. How to simplify everyday processes through automations and systems thinking?
  9. How to leverage the power of writing to slow down and reflect, to aid recovery and support mental health.
  10. How to create a unified approach to marketing - experience marketing?
  11. How to leverage time/project management and intentional living help better manage personal/work relationship and maintain social expectations?
  12. How to come up with 0 to n innovations in UI mental models as we are embracing AI and VR systems?

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