November 14, 2016 John No Comments on Ways to Kill Designer’s Procrastination
Ways to Kill Designer’s Procrastination
Procrastination is the number one enemy of every designer towards productivity. It seems that everything around us now is created to demotivate us to do work. Staying focused on a job is truly not an easy stroll in the park, especially working in an industry that is dominated by deadlines and creativity.
Brainstorming, troubleshooting problems, contemplating on design and concept are integral parts of being a designer. Therefore, it is essential for designers to be productive. Designers here at MicroCreatives are dealing with the same dilemma. So here are tips that will surely help designers and creatives alike kill procrastination.
ELIMINATE DISTRACTIONS. Being inspired requires focus, concentration, and an open-mind. It is best for you to disconnect from the things that will initiate you to procrastinate – by turning off your Wi-Fi and other apps that would steal the time for you to focus.
CREATIVE ROUTINES. By eliminating the things that would distract you, you may now create “habits” or “routines” that would uplift your creative endeavors. Choose activities that will enhance your creative work and make a commitment to it for at least two months – which is the average time it takes to create a habit.
Things like doodling, painting, listening to music, reading a book, hiking, or even walking around the park would spark creativity and innovation.
KEEP NOTES. And as we all know it, “inspiration is everywhere,” so make sure that when inspiration strikes you have a pen and a notebook to write them down. By doing this you can ensure the ideas are clear in your head as you go through the process.
MAKE LISTS. Creating a to-do list will make wonders to your time management. Whether in pen and paper or in your electronic devices, having a list of your to-do will help you see things to prioritize.
You can create multiple lists for different projects and have a master list to track your output, thus boosting your productivity. Our team at MicroCreatives uses Asana for project management, where all staff members involved in the project can access info and files needed.
TIME FRAME. After creating lists of things to do, you can now set a time frame on how long you will work on a project. By tracking your time on each task you can ensure that you are achieving your goal which is one of productivity’s purposes.
THE WORK ENVIRONMENT
TIDY THINGS UP. The things that surround you can directly affect the things you’re going to produce. Give a little time in tidying your workspace and desktop. By simply closing tabs that are not needed and clearing off the images and downloads that clutter your home screen can give space to let your ideas flow and focus on what you are doing.
BE POSITIVE. If you’re struggling with designer’s block, learn to take a step back and think of the smallest things you can do to finish the project. It is important to have a good head in dealing with problems.
Keep in mind that there is no problem that is impossible to settle. Being optimistic on things will not only make you happier but will also help you approach problems in a much more productive way.
SHORTCUTS. Creating keyboard shortcuts will make your life easier. Having personalized keyboard shortcuts for Photoshop will help you save time and work efficiently.
SPEAK UP. In dealing with a team job, sharing of opinions is an inevitable part of the process. A design team needs to roll with the punches and be open to change. Make sure that your voice is being heard in the process and everyone’s opinion is taken into consideration.
TAKE A BREAK
Breaks are essential to designers. Studies show that a person working on a task for more than 90 minutes should have a break of at least 15 minutes to reset their brain. You can go for a walk, read a newspaper, or grab a coffee. Allow yourself to relax for a moment. Giving your brain a time to breathe will help you avoid doing lousy work and will help you be more practical in your time and effort.
TAKE IT EASY
This applies to all the things listed above. Don’t let the pressure of work get into your head. Remember to choose the things you need to put in your pocket – which are the things that will support and aid you – and keep away the things that are senseless.
Designers do their job in their own unique way. Assess the things if they are causing more stress to you and pick the one that suits you best. Just like dealing with procrastination and everything in life, a sense of maturity is needed. And with maturity comes self-discipline which results to growth and productivity. Let yourself be surprised on what you can achieve.