Ideas of March 2012

Paravel got really busy from November thru January. I spent the majority of my time with my head down, focused on client work, deadlines, basecamp, and email. We were a part of some fun projects, but when it came time for me to speak at New Adventures this year I realized I was a little used-up. I felt disconnected from my identity as a web designer because I wasn’t experimenting or blogging much, both of which are core to my work and where I especially find value. Fortunately, my talk & workshop preparation afforded me ample time in the lab to gain back that sense of wonder and enthusiasm I like to carry with me when sharing with my peers. There are always going to be times when work gets busy and we have less time to inventory our thoughts and ideas. The trick is resolving to get back into it when time becomes available.

This post is my small way of participating in Ideas of March.

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  • Shane

    Very short post, but very easy to consume. It’s a nice thought and it really gives me comfort. I feel so guilty when I come home from work and I’m absolutely drained. I’d love to come home and dive into making something really cool but it’s the thought of doing it and how much time it will take that stops me. Today I was delighted, I got an idea and I just forced myself to do it while the inspiration was still fresh. The idea was to write a blog post and design a wallpaper (the two were linked). When I was finished I was on a real high and wanted to move onto the next project. So it’s important that we just get our asses in gear — make something cool everyday… you feel great afterwards and it keeps you motivated.

  • Trent

    @Shane: Diggit! I bet it’s good to attempt to gain some momentum, and also to recognize when you’re inspired (or not) and proceed accordingly.

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