My morning routine
Routine is powerful, for its consistency and compound effect if you do it right. The Miracle Morning written by Hal Elrond introduced 6 steps for each morning can wake your power and energize you to jump to things you love. But...
I can't do that, because I'm an ordinary person who's always fail to complete to-do list. 6 steps before go out to work in the morning? Too hard man, too hard.
But as a designer, I do build my own morning routine with a few steps, and they work perfect for me so far.
Here are my routines:
1️⃣ Put on my wireless headphone and play audiobook as soon as I wake up. I'm the first one to get up in my family so I can use the time to listen to books. When I'm ready to go out for the bus, already listen to 40 min audiobook. Pretty good, yay?
2️⃣ Cold water shower. It's the best way to fresh you up in 2 mins.
3️⃣ Meditation (optional). I don't spend specific time for meditation, instead, I meditate on the bus. Yes, on the bus. I often take a 15 min meditation on the bus, which is perfect for a 25 min bus trip. A noise-proof headphone is handy, or ear-plugs work fine. I use HeadSpace to meditate, which is so great. Sometimes I fell asleep when meditation, and that's why it's optional.
These are my designed morning routines.
Delete 10K files from Dropbox
Deleted 10k files in Dropbox, and felt such a relief! Tidy up is not part of the production, but essential for productivity.
Highly suggest doing two things regularly, especially when you finish a project (or on the new year's holiday):
1️⃣ Tidy up the files. Categorize them, and don't just save them on the cloud. Leave the final outputs on the cloud and keep the process files offline.
2️⃣ Write a case study, and it doesn't need to be a compelling story. Reflect what you've learned from the project, the great, the to-be-improved and the next steps. Do it ASAP while the juice is still fresh.
What're your todos to be organized?
Fail fast to learn fast.
Fail fast to learn fast.
Take reading books for example. My native language is not English, so reading English books is hard for me, and listening audiobook is even harder. When I listen audiobooks, I find that I don't get a lot of information. Sometimes there're 60% or even 80% of the information I don't get.
Take the book Principles I'm listening for example, at least 70% of information is missed. How about that? Two options. 1. Pick up the text version and spent another 20 hours to read. 2. Use 6-7 hours to finish the book, summarize the brief, and move to next book. I pick the second.
It's a similar experience as I read Out of Control by Kevin Kelly. The first time was terrible and I can hardly remember anything from the book, but then I found when I read other books, the knowledge was familiar, then I read the book for the second time, and great benefit rewarded.
So, the tip is: fail fast to learn fast.
Invest your time on drawing / Sketch
Designers should invest time on learning trends and tools, but more importantly, invest time on improving timeless skills. Drawing(sketch) is one of them. Sometimes you sketch for generating ideas, sometimes for communicate concepts with others. It is not the gate keeper for design industry as decades ago, but still an essential way of communicating, ideating and visualizing your design solutions.