Get back to basics
If you’re stuck in a rut as a designer and feel like you’ve plateaued, it can make you question your skills and knock your confidence.
In Thomas Budiman's article, he suggests that by getting back to basics and refreshing your knowledge, you will:
- Get a different perspective from what you initially learnt
- Gain a better, more expanded frame of mind
- Find resources for new ideas
Beat procrastination with a timer
If you have a project you are finding hard to get started on or keep putting off, here’s a trick I’ve been using lately.
Start a countdown timer for 30 mins.
I use my phone’s timer, and place it nearby so I can see it while I’m working.
This works because by thinking, ‘it’s only 30 minutes’, it overrides my procrastination and the feeling of the project seeming like a big task.
So far it’s worked for me every time, and often I’ll go on to do a couple of extra 30 minute blocks.
Extra tip: Put your phone on airplane mode while you are timing!
My dream diary for 2023
I’m fussy about my diary. It’s something I use almost every day to help organise my work, so the way it’s set out is important. It's hard to find one that ticks all the boxes, but this year I've found it!
It’s got a weekly page view with one page for dates, and the other with grid paper for sketching ideas. As a bonus, it’s made with recycled paper and spiral bound here in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Check it out here (no, it’s not an affiliate link, I’m just excited about it!)
For those who are Aussie-based, sorry I haven’t been able to find an equivalent diary for you, but if you know of any good ones, let me know!