I am busy. To say the least. The culmination of all my skills, experience and self-learning has created a lot of design work and opportunities. I couldn’t manage my career or projects without being totally organized. What I have been using are my own custom journal pages to keep track of my hours and make sure I’m not wasting precious time. If you bill by the hour, you need to stay focused on not losing money to the clock.
Over the 20+ years of designing, I’ve learned the most crucial part of my job: organizing or staying organized is by creating habits and having routine or consistency.
I wake up every day around 4 AM. It’s a great time of the day to be productive. No phone calls, no people, no emails or other distractions. This is the best time to start thinking about the day’s tasks I need to complete or I reflect on yesterday’s achievements or failures. This gets me mentally prepared and gives me clear direction for the whole day. It always is to sleep better at night and makes sure I’m not doing things at the last minute. The last-minute should be spent polishing work, not trying to get it done for the sake of getting paid.