Designer Tips: How to Work Smarter Instead of Harder as a Designer.

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Designers typically do whatever it takes to get as much work done as they possibly can in the shortest amount of time possible. They way they take on this challenge is by working through the night and early morning, taking shortcuts, skipping steps in their  personal process and so on.
It’s not about how hard you power through, it’s about how well you can manage yourself through it.
Charging through a project as quickly as possible for the sake of finishing is proof that you have a hard time handling yourself as a designer. Instead of hammering, slow down and think about what matters the most. Here are some ways you can slow down without halting your productivity.
Stay Organized
Whether it is cleaning and tidying your desk or clearing your documents folder on your machine, staying organized will help your workflow run alot more smoothly. As you work and work, it is common for clutter to build over time. Because it is so subtle, it’s hard to notice it and identifying it as a problem.
Be sure to write everything down and label all your files. It will give your brain a break from trying to remember everything.
Break Your Work Down to Mini-Sized Goals
By dissecting your workload, you can get more quality work done. Set milestones and set dates and times that they need to be completed by. Doing so will help you vision what needs to be done and will help you in finding out when the next step should be taken. You won’t need to do a whole lot outside of what you had planned for the project. Also, this will help you enhance the small details in your work.
Automate Repeated Steps
Instead of spending minute after minute of doing something you do in every other document in Photoshop, why not create an action that takes care of all those steps in less than a few seconds? It’s amazing to see how many designers do the same thing over and over again just because they feel that they don’t have time to create an action for their process. It doesn’t make much sense does it?
By doing these things on a regular basis, you will be getting as much done without being too brutal about your workload. What are some techniques you use to cut time from your workload? Feel free to comment.
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