We’re all a bit obsessed with time aren’t we? Time working, take taken, time wasted… Is a day spent creating really that different to a week in the grand scheme of our lifetime? This week I did feel like I was that little kid in the back seat pestering his parents, “are we there yet?”
Before I get started, I need to clarify what happened last week. Look, I know that I phoned in my last post. I was totally overwhelmed. I had no idea where to start. You have to remember that I come from a completely different field and, not trying to make excuses here, but I was not in a very positive mindset about it all. Yes, I do have a healthy dose of control freak – which does make me a wet blanket when it comes to trying new things. I truly wish that I wasn’t.
Pessimism is exhausting – that being said, I do tend to come around… eventually! I’d like to think that if I’m being honest and upfront about the highs and lows, people like myself are not going to feel like failures, or that they are alone. I think people can be very good at sharing the positives and, for the sake of pride, tend to gloss over the negatives. Not here at twoinfiftytwo! It’s all typed out for you, warts and all!
I know that for me, being able to design digitally is where I need to focus my studies. My course studies were more swayed towards print and, in hindsight of course, perhaps meant that I should have shopped around a little more… However, we don’t have the luxury of time machines and ‘do overs’. That being said, I’ve always believed, “everything for a reason”.
This is my third ever attempt at web designing – so it is rough around the edges of course, but everyone has to start somewhere, right? This is also the first time that I’ve followed through and made tablet and phone versions of the page too. Took me about a week which included making the icons and illustrations from scratch – and I know it’s not finished by a long shot. For someone like me who likes to get in there and solve the problem instantaneously, this was quite a challenge.
I am too impatient. I want things to happen over night (surely, I’m not the only one!) It’s really funny how walking away from something and looking at it again with fresh eyes can be so beneficial for your work ethic. I know that for me to be on top of my game, I need to be okay with things taking time. What’s that saying? Rome wasn’t built in a day, right? I’ve also, hilariously, found myself in the past thinking, I can’t imagine having the energy to do this all over again! Of course, you do end up back in the same chair, looking at the same screen or hovering that pencil above the page – because the harder you work, the bigger the payoff.
I quoted a client this week, but I’ll save my reflection on this for next week. I’m sure you guys would have your own fond memories of that milestone! I felt a bit like I was playing roulette choosing the right figures… but anyway, that’s a story for next time. Same time, same place! :D
If you are obsessed about reaching the end of the journey, you're not going to enjoy the scenery and you'll miss those alternative routes. Take your time with your projects and be okay with walking away from it for a while. It's not a sprint, it's a marathon!