Well, I’m sure you’ve heard it all - the same old cliche New Year’s resolutions that people always make (us included). Ones about drinking, smoking, eating less or treating our bodies better by hitting the gym, sleeping more or just the classic saving money. These ones are different - for sure.
If you’re a designer, and you wish to make changes this year that will help you grow personally, mentally and professionally, you’ve come to the right place. We’re giving you the low-down and bringing you 5 New Year’s resolutions that can be easily incorporated into your life which will help enrich your own personal journey.
1. Learn To Say “No”
We know it’s never easy to say no - but that doesn’t mean you should never do it. It could be a client that gave you a hard time before, a friend or distant relative asking you for design favors, a project that does not “feel right” or one that is not a fit for you and your team’s strengths. Whatever the reason, it is okay to turn it down politely - just remember to not close those doors permanently and to leave the door ajar for future collaborations that are more fitting. After all, saying “No” is not all downsides - this would mean that you can channel your energy and time into more meaningful projects that you enjoy working on.
2. Feed Your Soul
Contracted pieces are important, they are compulsory for sustenance. But we often forget how mentally exhausting it can get while running this rat race, and chasing all the dollar bills that we need. Which is why it is so important for us to take a breather once in a while to work on pro-bono, goodwill and passion projects that contribute to our personal growth and beliefs. These side projects not only allows you to expand your creative horizons, but it can also be good for your portfolio. If you could create something that can help give back to the community, that’s even better - no bad ever comes from paying it forward!
3. Focus And Excel
You know the saying “a jack-of-all-trades, master of none”? Yeah, don’t be a Jack. There are two schools of thought in this argument - one that stands for the generalists and another for the specialists. But when it comes to design, a skills-focused and experience-demanding field, mastery trumps everything. That way, integrating you into the pipeline and putting you at a place where you can flourish wouldn’t be that difficult. Once you’ve arrived at a spot where you’re comfortable and confident, you should most definitely challenge yourself. Go pick up another skill and master the heck out of it!
4. Collaborate with People
“Surround yourself with people who are better than you”, this is nothing new - but it’s a golden piece of advice. When you work together with people who are better than you, they open up your mind to new concepts and ideas, they teach you and force you up your game. Throw yourself into the deep end and step out of your comfort zone, you will be pleasantly surprised by how much you could learn from people when you keep an open and humble mind.
Search for creative jobs/internships on the sites below:
5. Open Up and Share
Don’t hold back. You don’t have to be an expert or the cream of the crop to be sharing your experiences or knowledge with other people. Sharing your knowledge with other people removes the self-doubt that comes from individual learning - it helps you prove your understanding. Publish and show off your works! With social media now, anyone can have the freedom to share. Imagine all of the constructive feedback, discourses, and opportunities that await you if you just open yourself up to the world.
It’s time to put those words into actions. Whether or not you’re reading this in January, June or September, heck, maybe you don’t even believe in New Year’s resolutions. It is never too late to make positive changes in your life, you know it, we know it and the world knows it. In the words of Stephen Covey in The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, “Sharpen the Saw”, people!