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Time-Management Tips for Creative People

People often say that 24 hours are not enough to do everything they need. However, we can’t add a few more hours no matter how everyone wants. What we really can do is to use time properly. The process of organizing and planning your time is called time management. Today the appropriate use of time is more significant than ever before because we live in the world of strict deadlines and great demands. Time management helps us to be more productive and work smarter.

 

When you work in a creative industry, time management seems to be something far and impossible to do. Loads of work, lack of inspiration never allow you to feel free in controlling your time. Nevertheless, our bosses and clients expect us to be highly productive, so we cannot afford delays and mistakes and have to use our time in the most effective way. Today our article presents some practical tips on time management for creative workers.

 

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Plan your day

 

Many of us coming at work may spend the whole morning surfing the social networks up till the lunchtime and then wonder where the morning hours have gone. The problem is that we rarely plan the day ahead so we don’t know which task, among hundreds needed to be done, to start with. The daily plan helps to organize the tasks and gives the review on how your day will come to pass. With the plan on hands, all you need to do for having a productive day is stick to the plan as close as you can.

 

It is useful to form your daily strategy in the evening before you sleep or in the morning before the workday begins. There are many ways to creating an effective daily plan. For example, you can write a to-do list in your datebook or take some notes on your smartphone. Moreover, today many apps make this process even easier. Here in Tubik, we know the value of time and how crucial the daily plan is for the efficient day. Recently, we launched our to-do list app Upper motivating users and boosting productivity. And it’s absolutely free for everyone.

 

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Prioritize the tasks

 

Creating your personal to-do list may become a problem when you have loads of tasks to accomplish. Of course, all the assignments given to us by our clients or bosses are urgent and all of them are usually marked as “to do as soon as possible” but we’re humans and it’s impossible for us to do lots of tasks at once. That’s why you need to think out the details and prioritize the important assignments. To set the priorities effectively, it can be good to answer to yourself objectively which project needs to be finished today and which can wait a bit more.

 

However, if you have a creative job, it’s not always possible to stick to your plan and accomplish the tasks in the right order. The artistic job heavily depends on inspiration and its absence can stop the whole process. In this case, creative people are recommended to have a fallback meaning the next project in the priorities. Switching to another kind of work can have the positive effect to your mind and creativity.

 

Eliminate distractions

 

If you’re a designer, a writer or an illustrator, your job includes using the Internet, full-time or partly. Of course, the net is the major source of useful information, but on the other hand, it is also the spring of distractions such as social networks and entertaining websites. Interfering the creative process, you can’t concentrate completely on the task meaning you are not able to do the job properly. Certainly, it is hard to eliminate all the web distractions since we need to check our emails or contact the clients, still, we don’t need to be online for 24 hours. In most cases, you can choose the certain time for this part of daily routine like 10 a.m and 6 p.m. and that is enough to keep up with the things going on and stay in touch with the customers.

 

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Track the time

 

It is said that happiness takes no account of time. Nevertheless, any project has its deadline and we have to fit it, so the count of time does matter here. To be more productive, it’s advisable to establish your own mini-deadlines for the tasks. For example, the task number one should be ready at 11.20 a.m, the next should be done at 13.00 p.m. Try to estimate the time needed for the specific assignment more objectively, do not overestimate yourself. Having a detailed schedule, you organize your time in the most efficient way and prevent your work from dragging on. Also, this helps your mind stay focused on what should be done right here and now.

 

Stop procrastinating

 

The majority of us constantly postpone our duties for a particular reason. However, sometimes it may turn into the chronic procrastinating when we do anything but work. This can’t bring any good to either you or your clients, so something has to be done about it. Here are several pieces of advice on how to reduce the procrastination in the workflow.

 

Don’t push yourself. Negative emotions never help. While you’re biting yourself for the moments of procrastination, you are not able to start work. So, the first step to take is to calm down and understand that everyone is keen to procrastinate. There’s nothing wrong with you.

 

Find out the reason. Every time we postpone tasks there is a reason standing behind it. So, when you feel like procrastinating you need to ask yourself why you are doing it. Is the task too boring, or complicated, or unclear for you? Finding a reason, you’ll be able to find the solution.

 

Split big projects into small steps. Consistently, when we have a big project ahead, it may seem a heavy burden which cannot be accomplished anytime soon. That’s why, it is always a good idea to split the project into small, clear, and simple tasks. You can also talk this through with the client and set the mini-deadlines which will definitely improve your workflow.

 

Stay focused. Multi-tasking has become a part of the routine for many of us a long time ago, but only a few people learned how to deal with it effectively. We often switch from one task to another, and as a result, nothing is done properly. Try to stay focused on one task at the time, so you could perform it as good as you can. Shifting to the other activity is effective only in case you are totally stuck and have no idea where to move next.

 

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Be good, not perfect

 

Someone may say that perfectionism never hurts but it’s not completely true. When you constantly work under deadlines, the desire to make everything perfect may play a joke with you. Trying to avoid the smallest mistakes at the certain stage of your work, you lose the time reserved for the next steps. And when the deadline comes, you realize that you have 80% of a perfect design, while the client expected the fully accomplished work. To avoid such a situation, try not to get obsessed with the smallest details that are not vital for the task. Remember that you can always polish everything later if you need.

 

Don’t forget to enjoy your life

 

Creative job demands the creative energy, but the endless projects, meetings, brainstorming, and other work routines can make us tired no matter how much we love our job. It’s necessary to include time for relaxing into your schedule. An evening with your friends or in the gym can charge you with the positive energy and inspire you to do something new and wonderful. So, don’t forget to find the opportunity of having a good time.

 

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Using at least some of these tips, you can improve not only your workflow but everyday lifestyle too. Value your time and the others will do the same.
 

Recommended reading

 

Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect

 

19 Productivity and Time Management Apps for 2016

 

Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport

 

First Things First by Stephen R. Covey, A. Roger Merrill, and Rebecca R. Merrill

 

30 Time Management Tips For Work-Life Balance


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upper app UI design case study

Case Study: Upper App. UI Design for To-Do List.

Famous author and motivational speaker Zig Ziglar once said: «You were born to win, but to be a winner, you must plan to win, prepare to win, and expect to win.» Planning our day and managing our tasks is the significant job we have to do regularly and devotedly in case we seek for success. Tons of books, articles and interviews from successful and productive people generally send the global message: to be productive you have to plan your day and tasks distributing your time and effort wisely. 

 

Would you like to have a reliable helping hand in the process of planning your days and setting goals effectively and without any distractions? Welcome to try Upper, simple and elegant free application for iPhones, designed and developed by Tubik team. Today this motivating app is featured and spinning up at Product Hunt, so we’ve also decided to unveil some details of the to-do list design and functionality with our readers.

 

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Task

 

Full-cycle UI/UX design for the simple and motivational productivity app for iPhones.

 

Process

 

Creating the to-do list application, Tubik team realized the high scale of competition in this sphere of utilities: that was a step into the red ocean. Still, as it usually happens in the fields covering wide and diverse target audience, a variety of the products is another user-friendly feature: it allows choosing the styles and features every particular user likes. Continuing the theme of personal productivity, which was started with our previous app Toonie Alarm, we’ve established the goal to present the to-do list UI of totally different look and functionality deeply focused on personal and professional motivation.

 

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In UX perspective, the to-do list design was concentrated on extremely simple interactions and intuitive navigation, while in UI aspect the core concerns gathered around high readability level and visual hierarchy that would allow users to use the app easily in any environment and on the go. In addition, working on the visual performance of the app user interface, Tubik designer Ernest Asanov made a general stylistic concept choice in favor of minimalist and elegant solutions.

 

Functionality

 

When our team made a decision to design to-do list, the basic idea set behind Upper was creating a helpful list app design, deeply concentrating user’s attention on the tasks and deadline. That’s why it doesn’t include complex functionality, distractions or decorations. It presents only the features and elements needed for time and task management.

 

Functions and features provide the following:

  • All the features of the app are free for everyone
  • Upper Streak Challenge motivate users to complete all the tasks for the day
  • Statistics of tasks completion
  • Simple and clear navigation
  • Easy adding, deleting and marking tasks
  • Eye-pleasing slight animation
  • Instant sharing achievements with friends

 

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Design and Layout

 

Interactions: The basic functionality of the app is built around user’s ability to create the list of tasks which can be saved for the particular date and time, easily deleted or marked complete. In addition, Upper analyzes task completion progress and shows stats to keep users updated and motivated. The absence of distractions, simple screen design and thought-out typography make the content highly readable and allow using the app easily in any environment and on-the-go.

 

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Basic functional buttons are placed in the bottom of the screen, which supports usability for users with big devices. Different swipe gestures allow a user to mark the task complete or delete it from the list. Core information such as dates, the words for the closest days (tomorrow, today), the number of tasks and days in Upper Streak are presented in the uppercase font, supporting both efficient visual hierarchy of the layout elements and the harmonic consistency in combination with the product brand name.

 

Upper App to-do list 7

 

Upper Streak: The original feature of Upper App is user motivation with special challenge of non-breaking plans and increasing productivity potential. The app motivates to complete all the planned tasks via Upper Streak Challenge. Streak is the period during which users don’t interrupt completing the tasks with Upper: it shows the achievement of being consistent and productive and encourages not to stop and break the progress. Seeing your determination, the app will challenge you with the bigger number of tasks, so users are motivated to get organized and complete the plans with Upper without missing a day.

 

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Color and style: The task list design is performed in the minimalist and elegant style of the layout based deeply on quick functionality and intuitive navigation. What is more, users are provided with the variety of skins and can choose between dark, light and red skin depending on their personal taste and wishes. At the moment the app is presented in dark skin, but next update coming very soon will enable to activate any of the three palettes.

 

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User-friendly navigation, supported with slight eye-pleasing animation, will help users to focus on their tasks.  No ads, no complications, no extra copy, interface motivating to create short concise notes for the tasks – nothing will distract from the goals. Application provides the simple calendar, allows saving notes conveniently, check stats and plan anything from everyday stuff to business objectives.

 

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To get more information on design and interactions, you can also review the full presentation of Upper App design or check full pack of the details via Upper Press Kit


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Tips for App Web Designers

Seven Simple Tips for a Beginner in Web and App Design

Well, let’s be honest guys: nobody starts as a smart and excellent professional ready to solve and fix at a blink. There’s always a starting point. At this very point somebody is hesitating about the workplace, someone is not sure about the salary, and there is always the one who is pondering hardly about the job itself. We know what we’re talking about: every of us has been there. That’s why we got together some thoughts in order to share with those who are starting right now.

 

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Designers for Tubik Studio at work

 

Tip 1. Strong determination and clear ambitions

 

The first and really crucial thing may sound rather primitive: you should make sure that you really want to make it your job. There are lots of people who, being great artists, deeply creative and inspired, get broken by the necessity to work systematically with strict deadlines and loads of requirements and wishes (sometimes illogical or not-too-professional) from the customers. Clear up the nature of your job: designer is not a pure artist free of obligations and fully devoted to creativity. Nope. In different stages of your project, you’re also going to be a researcher, an analyst, a time-manager and so on and so forth. Bear in mind all those things from the very start of the way.

 

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CEO of Tubik Studio Sergey Valiukh, whose working day is always full of everything

 

Tip 2. Get experience from the best artisans

 

That is a sort of eternal advice working in the sphere of web design as great as in any other field of creativity. First you study from the best stars in your trade and, if you are industrious and hard-working enough, one day you will be able to create something purely original, something of your very own. However, this day comes when you ARE ready and well-armed. So, don’t forget to study from the best. Look through the shots by the most popular teams and designers on Dribbble, Behance and any other resources for designers.

 

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The short lettering training session at Tubik Studio

 

One more way to absorb their experience and get some great advice from specialists is to take any chance of live meeting. All the platforms aimed to present portfolios by designers and supply different aids and useful stuff, regularly hold meetings with speakers well-known in the world of modern design, so in any country, you are able to listen to experienced professionals, ask them questions, sometimes present your works and get them evaluated. Therefore, make visiting various meetups and workshops more or less frequent part of your routine and, be sure, it will pay back very soon.

 

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Sergey Valiukh as a speaker

 

You may like recognized designers more or less, but remember: they ARE already well-known and successful. That means there always exists something you can learn from them. Analyze, get inspired, try to copy the best features so that you could get the technique. It was effective hundred years ago in traditional art schools and it still works now. Believe us, we’ve checked.

 

Tip 3. Share, share, share

 

There are a lot of designers who don’t hurry to share their works. Some of them are not confident enough and think they have to be much more experienced and skilled to present their creation anywhere to other designers or potential customers. The others are afraid that their ideas are going to be stolen by other designers as soon as they turn up in the Net. Actually, those thoughts and fears may be rather fair and grounded, BUT … You should realize that they are really high-quality brakes for the process of making your name in the sphere of web and app design. While you are boiling in you hesitations, other people are moving on sharing their works and getting feedback from designers and users and thus improving their creations and practicing their skills. If you want to move on in this sphere, it is essential to share. That is why Dribbble, Behance or any other way of presentation your work on the Web will make you somehow stronger and more competent in your job. Moreover, it would be fair to not only analyze and study someone’s efforts but also make it possible for others to do it with your work.

 

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Animated Dribbble shot by Tubik Studio

 

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The set of shots by Tubik Studio

 

Tip 4. Keep theory and practice in the same basket

 

Well, we all know the saying that it’s not a good idea to keep all the eggs in the same basket. However, design has nothing in common with eggs. Here you really need to keep all the things together and theory should be always strengthened with practice. Don’t just analyze someone’s works — try to figure out main practical features, test using different tools yourself. Then you not only get valuable knowledge of software and sites helpful for your work but also study how to plan your time using those tools and have an opportunity to choose those resources and software, which are the most convenient and efficient for you personally.

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tubik design UI wireframing

 Test, use, keep positive!

 

Tip 5. Good old self-education

 

Ezequiel Bruni, a web/UX designer and blogger living in Mexico in his article The ultimate guide to getting started in web design says “The moment designers stop learning new things about web design is the moment they cease to be relevant. The Internet is all about relevance. Seriously, if your website looks too dated, chances are that many visitors won’t stick around to see what you have to say. Perception is everything”.

 

Well, it’s vital to say he is absolutely right. You have no choice: in the sphere as changeable and dynamic as app and web design you MUST study all the time. The good thing is that studying this craft now is much easier as tons of books, manuals and guides have already been brought out and this process never stops. There are also loads of webinars, workshops, and e-books allowing you to get more aware of major issues in the field you have chosen for your career.

 

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 Studying never stops at Tubik Studio

 

Tip 6. Keep your head above the design ocean

 

If you want to create something that is going to be both useful and popular, you should always keep yourself alert. It’s really important to feel the ray of the day, to be aware of the most important and required features and demands to stay trendy and relevant. Again, looking through blogs and sites devoted to design is helpful to keep you up-to-date. Again all kinds of meetups, seminars and workshops should be mentioned, as they give you the chance both study but and — that is sometimes even more important — make new friends, get acquainted with colleagues from other cities and countries, communicate with other designers in both formal and informal atmosphere. That is always really positive, inspiring and useful experience.

 

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Communication is a part of the job: Tubik Studio meeting with colleagues at different events

 

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Behance Portfolio Review in Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine hosted by Tubik Studio

 

Tip 7. Live the job, don’t just do it

 

As it has been already mentioned above, one of the fundamentals of creating the efficient products is keeping theory and practice together. However, don’t think that it’s only about YOUR particular product. It is also about the products by others. You should live your job all the time, you should practically know and use the most trendy stuff of your trade, otherwise, you risk to lose the feeling of reality and link to your user. To understand your user, you should BE a user. Actively use social networks and applications, don’t forget to update your soft, try the newest features of mailing, instagram your life and work. Feel every step of using various products so that your own success and failures could tell you how to avoid bugs and drawbacks in your designs.

 

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designer tubik

Always keen to use, have fun and share

 

Hope, these tips will help you somehow and sincerely wish you good luck in every step you’re going to make on your design path.


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