How to launch your website/ portfolio within 10 days.

by Tobias van Schneider

Okay, so we have 10 full days left until #May1Reboot. An international relaunch of websites & portfolios around the world.

Thousands of people signed up for the challenge and now we’re nearing the final deadline with only 10 days left.

If you’ve just started or are still trying to make it work, I wanted to give you a few tips on how you can still finish everything on time.

But first, the most important rule of May1stReboot:

May1stReboot is about celebrating the new. It’s about celebrating designers & makers around the world. Participating doesn’t mean you need to win something, it just means that you do it. It’s like running a marathon. You don’t have to win it, participation is more than half the fun.

So let me give you a few tips on how you can launch your website, portfolio or project by May 1st.

Please also note that I’m building Semplice, an online portfolio and website builder that I use for pretty much all my websites.

I’m living in a reality distortion field probably because I can design and build things within just a few hours if I need to.

So whatever tool you use, you might need to adjust the plan a little bit.

1. Make an emergency action plan

Ten days isn’t much, but we can make it work! If you haven’t started with your personal website at all I recommend the following plan:

Day 1: Brainstorming and discovery — Get inspired & pumped up!
Day 2: Selection and preparation of projects/assets you want to show.
Day 3: Sketching & Finalizing of potential layouts.
Day 4–8: Execution of your case studies & layout.
Day 8–10: Refinements on design & copy writing.

Day 10: SHIP IT!

Make sure to stick with this rough timeline, don’t jump ahead or too much back and forth because chances are high you will underestimate the work you need to get done. Make sure to give yourself about 1–2 days of buffer time for refinements at the end.

2. Make a list of 10 things you want to achieve with your website

Sit down for just 15minutes and make a list of 10 things you like to achieve with your website or portfolio. Order those 10 things by priority. When you’re done, pick the Top3 and only focus on them for the next 10 days.

The goal with May 1st is that you get shit done. Think about your May 1st launch as the MVP, the Phase 1 of your website. We can always improve later once the momentum is there.

We need to make sure whatever we do is realistic. If you like to show 10 of your portfolio projects, let’s do three first.

3. Everything is better than nothing!

Even if you just manage to put up a landing page with some information about you, it’s better than nothing. Whatever you think is the minimum you can do until May 1st, do it!

The great thing about May 1st is that you create momentum for yourself. So the week after May 1st you gained momentum and you can continue on all the things you actually wanted to do.

Don’t expect anything you do in these 10 days to be perfect, because that is not the goal anyway. Perfection does only exists in your mind.

4. Ask a friend to join you

Ask a friend or more to join you in that challenge. Nothing is better than a little social pressure to get shit done. You will both motivate each other and make sure the other person stays on track.

Also, check out how many others are working on #May1Reboot right now

5. Stop the excuses.

If you don’t do it on May 1st, you will also not do it on June 1st or July 1st. We both know that!

Now put on some good tunes and start jamming away! I created a couple mixtapes specifically for these occasions (:

PS: Make sure to visit the May 1st Reboot website on May 1st because you will be able to submit and showcase our website there! (:

Keep on rocking,

Tobias is a Designer & Maker + Co-Founder of Semplice, a new portfolio platform for designers. Also host of the show NTMY — Previously Art Director & Design Lead at Spotify & Board of Directors AIGA New York.