Five signs you are a workaholic freelance designer

After a couple of weeks of hard work without a day off, you force yourself to take an evening off and at 9.15pm you find yourself writing and illustrating an article on ‘Five signs you are a workaholic freelance designer’, then I guess that’s me then.

1.When to relax from work, you open a copy of Computer Arts magazine ‘to unwind’.

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2. When you have design dreams in your sleep.

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3. Unable to not check your phone.

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4. When you get some time off and you go ‘finally, I can work on animation!’.

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5. When on a date in a nice restaurant you are thinking, ‘This place is nice, if I did their website it would look great on my portfolio’, how can I get the conversation on to web design?.

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All work and no play…

Overwork is not good, is not smart. One of the hardest things for me as a freelance designer and illustrator is to switch off. I am passionate about my work, there are things I want to achieve. We are living in a time of great creativity open to everyone. If you have a computer, Adobe software and an internet connection, the world is your oyster. The gatekeepers have been removed, the creative industry is open, open for talent and a strong work ethic.

But switching off, rest, sleep, eating healthy and regular exercise all make you a better person, and a better designer. So don’t over work, and take good care of yourself.

I sound like I am giving a lecture. I am just talking to myself. Or blogging as other people call it.

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