The web design world is ever changing. Every day, new technologies are born and existing ones evolve. It’s important to keep abreast of the latest news and trends because skills and working practices need to be continually updated if you want to remain relevant in this business. If you don’t rise with the tide you sink.
For me every day is different from any other before it. I always start out with three priority goals for the day. I do many other things of course, but those three are the most important. Most days I will tick them all off, some days I might only complete one, that’s ok.
One of the aspects I enjoy in my job is the uncertainty of not knowing what’s next. Whether that’s how I’m going to solve a challenge in a project that I’ve never encountered before, or even what my next project might be.
Solving problems is a large part of what I do. Occasionally they take longer to solve than anticipated, and when this happens it’s easy to feel frustrated when the delay impacts the rest of the project.
Acknowledgment and acceptance of a problem is the first step towards finding a solution. Experience has given me the confidence and reassurance that in 99% of cases problems do get resolved – sometimes all they require is a little time to consider them from a different angle – and delays are never as calamitous as initially feared.
I’m continually discovering and learning new and better ways of working. I think it’s one of the reasons I am attracted to working for myself and why I do what I do. It’s the flexibility and opportunity to grow in unforeseen directions. In no way am I looking down on jobs that follow a repetitive daily routine, I just know they are not for me.
So long as each day I’m expanding my knowledge and skills a little bit more then I’m happy. It means my next website is going to be better than my last, and I can continue to add value to my clients’ businesses.
I recently read a BBC article – How to work forever – if you want to which says you have to hustle to stay relevant, employed and in business. I totally relate to that.
Keeping tabs on everything is impossible and could well feel overwhelming if I tried. That’s a one-way route to burnout. I follow a number of my peers on Twitter, and I set aside time each week to read blogs and articles related to web design, business and personal development. One I follow is Marc Jenkins, who shares his experiences as a freelance web designer.
Many nights just before I fall asleep I’ll reflect back over my day and think “Wow, I didn’t know that yesterday”. Some days such a lot happens that I can’t recall everything I’ve learnt and encountered. It doesn’t matter that I can’t remember, I’m growing and developing. The overwhelming feeling is one of contentment. Tomorrow’s another day, and I haven’t a clue what direction it will take me.