T is for Template

A template can be a guide, pattern, stencil, mould, or protocol. It is a set of instructions or shapes that can be repeated, whether by human or computer.

In both dating and design, templates are tempting because they make things easier. They give us less choice and tell us how to repeat our actions, producing the same result every time. Although templates can be useful to reduce the workload or make sure that something can be reproduced perfectly, there’s generally something lacking in a templated design, or a templated romance.

If you find yourself falling back on a template that doesn’t serve you, try conducting a design audit of your work or your relationships. This simple task can help you recognize your patterns and recover your creativity.