I think that the vast majority of our time and effort is spent doing mundane stuff: cleaning our living spaces, grocery shopping, dealing with the mail, etc. We work to keep ourselves entertained with things that we enjoy and that aren’t as important to our routine. Even though I love to cook and bake, I rarely cook a meal for myself (or if I do, it is usually more for food that I would normally cook for myself in my home).
The average digital product designer has to work at least 80 hours a week. In fact, it is only on days that work that we actually have a decent chance of earning enough to eat and have fun. Most of our time and effort is spent on this mundane stuff, and it is this that is killing our creativity and our productivity.
Time is money, we’re told over and over again.
We don’t know what is killing us. We have to admit we don’t know. We are getting all worked up about time and it’s not really helping us do anything productive. We keep thinking about it, but we forget about it so we get so worked up. We are not being productive anymore. We are losing focus on our work, and we never know when it is going to be our turn again.
Creative productivity depends on being able to sit down and focus on a project. When we are not able to do this, there are a number of things that can cause us distraction. These are things that affect our creativity and productivity in other ways, but we don’t know about them being the direct cause of our being more creative or more productive. One way to look at it is that we are the product of our own ideas.
Digital product designers have to be able to sit down and do things like take a break from their designs. When designers sit down and put a lot of work into design, they tend to be less creative and less productive. This becomes a problem when designers are just working on their designs, without the time or space to take a break or focus on the work they are doing.
We’ve all been there. You can tell by the way one of our recent articles gets asked about how many hours of sleep we’ve been getting. One of the biggest ways that working as a designer can get in the way of your creativity is when you’re not really getting enough sleep. There are many factors that contribute to this, such as stress, fatigue, the fact that you are working in a constant state of flux, and the fact that you’re usually not in your own space.
In a way, this is similar to the “sleep is for slackers” argument, which is also made in the context of being creative. Many of those who claim they don’t get enough sleep, especially those working in a creative field, are just trying to sell some crap to their friends. You really can’t blame this on them. You can blame it on the lack of sleep itself.
It doesn’t sound like it’s the lack of sleep that’s causing stress, however, but rather the constant changing of things that make you feel like you’re in a constant state of flux. I know that sounds weird, but it is a fact. In this case, I call it “digital product designers” because it really means the creator of an ad, an interactive piece of art, or a web project.
This is a very common issue that I see with many digital product designers. They tend to think of their work as a product. They look at themselves as a creator and want to make as much money as they can. This way they can buy more stuff, but they constantly get bored because they find themselves with very little to do. And because they don’t have any “stuff” to buy, they feel like they’re missing out on some creative outlet.