Before Jackie and I are off on more design adventures across the globe, we both did our annual first- of -the- year business organization, declutter cleanse and resolve. Here are our favorite curated Design Resolutions You Should Do for 2016.
1. Spend More Time with Your Design Family
Despite all the work required of a lone designer like myself, I resolve to find the time to attend events and meetups. They are my “design family”. They inspire me, ground me, and help mentor my decisions. Branch out, build relationships, and spend time with other designers. If you haven’t found your design family quite yet, you could possibly:
- Go to meetups – from Dribble to General Assembly to Creative Live and more
- Join an online design group Facebook, Pinterest and others all have great groups. We like Interior Design Community and Designer ER Therapy on Facebook.
- Join an organization like WITHIT
2. Skip the juice cleanse and do a digital detox instead.
A digital detox -switching off all mobiles, smartphones, tablets, laptops, and computers for a certain length of time enables you to relax, recharge and do whatever you enjoy. And what is that?… Some of us have been so hunkered down in the business bunker, we don’t know what we would enjoy anymore. A detox is generally recommended to ideally be around 24 hours long as a minimum and to build up to 72 hours.
I resolve to turnoff my digital devices every Saturday and get out there. Jackie resolves to turn off the laptop at least 2 hours before bedtime every night.
3. Declutter your workspace
The honeymoon period for working on your laptop in bed is officially over. We’re reserving the bedroom for more important things. With that said, the desk and a dedicated workspace are making a comeback in 2016. House Beautiful, Style Beat and others are declaring that desks are having a moment. And why not with so many fabulous options on the market. So treat yourself and design an exquisite workspace like you would for a customer. After all where do we spend most of our time?
If you are diving into that office reorganization here are some tips-
Get rid of tax documents before 2008. Check with your accountant to make sure you don’t have to keep something because of specific circumstances.
Get rid of all those old electronics. Take to the Internet and sell them or donate them. Another thing you should dump? VHS tapes, cassettes, or any other technology that you can almost guarantee won’t be making a comeback — ever.
Stand While You Work. When journalist and co-author of The Art of Doing Camille Sweeney had to interview 15 prominent newsmakers in just a few days, she made her calls standing. “This was the year I got out of my chair and on to my feet at my desk,” she says. “It’s made such a difference.” Before Sweeny’s portable standing desk arrived in the mail, she improvised and put her laptop on top of a nine-inch square cardboard box on her desk. Now she alternates every few hours between sitting and standing.
4. Cross at least one destination off your travel bucket list.
I did this last year and it was life altering! My tip for you- get it our there. Don’t just dream it; get it out of your head by talking about it. Verbalizing your intention will help you make it happen.
Blatant plug- Join Jackie and I for the VIP High Point Market Experience at Spring Market
5. Start a side project.
It isn’t just a way to kill time. It is a powerful way to explore your passion, experiment with different ideas, pick up new skills, and develop your own aesthetic as a designer. Your side project could be anything. Just find something you are interested in doing and commit. You could:
- Open up an online store on Etsy with your design goodies
- Write and design a book
- Contribute to an open-source project
- Volunteer your design skills to a non-profit
- Create your own textiles
Ohh and finally… and Drink more Champagne…
For more of our Resolutions You Should Make in 2016; see our latest Take Ten on Soft Design Lab TV.