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The process of designing or developing a website can be very time consuming. Designers spend a lot of time coming up with highly effective web platforms especially when the project involves a completely new territory which they have little experience in. By learning how to work efficiently, designers can tackle a project within a shorter time, provide great value at an affordable price. Let’s look at some tips, tools and tricks that can help web designers streamline the design process:
Start your day well planned out on every activity that you intend on tackling. Include simple activities such as reading emails so that you don’t end up spending an entire day on emails. Scheduling tasks allows you to focus on the specific ones at hand. It’s one of the best ways to enhance productivity when tackling any kind of project not just design and development.
It is very important to take regular breaks when designing and developing. For a start, it allows your system to reboot and you mind to recharge. This helps to enhance your creativity and also ensure you handle tasks more effectively. A break can still involve sitting in front of the screen could be reading your favorite digital magazine or going through some articles to garner inspiration.
To create icons that are very versatile, choose a design that is simple and basic style-wise. Icons that can blend with different settings are more marketable. It would be easier for the programmer to select the icon if they feel like it blends better with the rest in the page.
It’s very important to track how much time you are spending on particular tasks. It will help you avoid a scenario where you are getting paid less even after putting in lots of hours on certain designing and developing activities. Furthermore, you can give clients a realistic time estimate so that they don’t anticipate the project is done when you’re not even close. Use tracker applications to help you see how much time you are dedicating to specific tasks. You are going to be more productive this way.
We are humans and one of the best ways of motivating us is by using rewards. Whenever you’ve achieved a small task, reward yourself. Start with small rewards that you can gift yourself when you achieve a task. It can be a good dinner or your favorite movie during a break when you complete a task within the deadline you’d given yourself. This can be a good incentive to make you push your workload even harder.
You’ve heard the saying that tidy desk, tidy mind. This is absolutely true. When your desk is full of papers, pens or anything you don’t need for that particular task, you tend to wander away. So start by getting organized. This also includes whatever is on your laptop. Close browsers that you don’t need because they will only distract you. Don’t worry, it’s the internet so you’ll find all that information again.
The above-mentioned tips can help you have a productive day as a designer. It may take you a while before you actually implement any of these things and they become a habit. However, start working on every aspect above and you are much more likely to achieve your goals and targets and provide customers with great value for their money.