THE IMPORTANCE OF PROCESS
Back to our pop quiz. Do remember the first time your grade 8 teacher wrote something like this on the board and asked you to solve it?
Solve for y:
[20 + (6 × 3² – 14) x (5 – 3)² ] / 60 = y
If you’re like most people, you probably started on the left-hand side and performed each operator, carefully, from left to right. And when your teacher informed your answer was incorrect you were baffled.
As it turns out there is a specific order that the problem had to be solved in order to reach the correct answer. That order of operations is encapsulated in the acronym PEDMAS which represents the process: 1. Parentheses, 2. Exponents, 3. Division, 4. Multiplication, 5. Addition, 6. Subtraction.
Land design and management is no different.
So what is the order of operations for designing and managing land?
OUR LAND DESIGN PROCESS IS:
Step 1. Clarify
Step 2. Diagnose
Step 3. Design
Step 4. Implement
Step 5. Manage and Monitor
Process is more important than outcome. When the outcome drives the process we will only ever go to where we’ve already been. If process drives outcome we may not know where we’re going, but we will know we want to be there. ~Bruce Mau
Why is a process different than a technique, and how does it solve land design anxiety and analysis paralysis?
Your vision and values
The strengths weakness, opportunities and weaknesses within your climate and geographic context*
The contour and shape of your land and subsequently how water naturally flows across the property
*This also includes things like the legal constraints and demographics of a region as well.
This is why Step 3 Design, Step 4 Implement and Step 5 Manage and Monitor come after Step 1 Clarify and Step 2 Diagnose.
Believe us, we understand! it’s a challenging – even paralyzing! – proposition to design, create, and maintain an ecologically healthy, resilient property that provides you with financial freedom and the time to enjoy it all.
This e-course is the result of that understanding. We have never condensed our 20+ years of consulting into a free offering like this, outlining our unique, tested and proven process to help you break through the confusion to create the sustainable property of your dream.
If these high-level lessons leave you wanting more information, more tools, more guidance – they are just a snippet out of the in-depth, guided 10-week online DIY Land Design training we are offering. To learn more about our 100% success guarantee, click here.
Rob & Takota
p.s. Watch for the next email as we are going to walk you through the first (and perhaps most important) step of our five step process for land design, where you start with clarifying your vision and values.
p.p.s. [20 + (6 × 3² – 14) x (5 – 3)² ] / 60 = 3 …. If don’t follow the process you may not end up where you want to be (or get the correct answer).
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