This Designer’s New Groove

Embrace Working from Home

THE EARLY MORNING ROUTINE: MY LOSING BATTLE

Morning routines can be incredibly powerful. They hit at a time when your mind is fresh, and before the problems of the day have had a chance to distract you. They can set the tone for your entire day. Because of this, each of the ‘how to be effective’ books, articles and gurus has its own take on the ‘morning routine’. Most include stuff like:

  • Make your bed.
  • Exercise.
  • Meditate.
  • Pray.
  • Drink coffee.
  • Don’t drink coffee.
  • Read.
  • Study.
  • Listen to music.
  • Stare blankly at the wall in silence.
  • Morning pages.
  • Plan the day ahead.
  • Don’t think about the day ahead.
  • Daily journal.
  • Warm up sketches.
  • Sort through your email.
  • Don’t touch your email.
  • Yada yada.

MY SELF ASSESSMENT

The biggest problem I could identify was a tendency to stay up later and later until I couldn’t get up on time, anymore. Then, there’s no time left for the ritual as I scramble to get out of the house in time to get to work. The whole thing may even backfire! I get up late, don’t finish my ritual, rush out of the house, get to work late. Now I’m going to get out of work late, home late, dinner late, etc. How’s THAT for setting the tone of my day?

WHAT WORKED FOR ME

So, as I began my new freelance career (designers are never unemployed, we just go from employed to freelance) I used my freedom to try various schedules. The one that ultimately seems to be working for me goes something like this:

WHAT BLOWS UP

While I finally nailed down a schedule that seems to be working really well for me, along the way I’ve logged a number of things that don’t.

MY GAME PLAN

OK. I know what works and I’ve identified several things that derail me. I like the schedule. Its amazing for me. I want to keep it. But how?

CONCLUSION

What I, and a reasonably large number of smart people, have concluded is this: find your own routine. Maybe its a ‘morning’ routine. Maybe its not. Lots of night owls are smart and successful, too!

Accessibility-minded UX/UI Designer. History: Studio Animation, Illustration, Multimedia Design, Podcasting

Accessibility-minded UX/UI Designer. History: Studio Animation, Illustration, Multimedia Design, Podcasting