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Working in social media without the negative side effects

Using social media without the negative side effects is almost impossible, but these hacks could help reduce the stress and FOMO

I’m on social media every day. I use it for marketing my art and products, I manage it at the company I work for and I set up accounts with branding as a freelancer. But it’s become increasingly hard to use social media without the negative side effects. So what to do when you can’t simply delete everything?

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brainstorming ideas before starting a project

3 Questions to ask before starting a project

When starting a new project, there are lots of things to consider. These important questions should be the first things you ask.

It can be really daunting when starting a project. Maybe you’ve just finished something major, or already have several things on the go. No matter what stage you’re at, these are important things to consider before you begin any undertaking.

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Fight decision fatigue with a jar of inspiration

Decision Fatigue: How to stop mental drain impacting on creativity

Fighting decision fatigue can be hard when you have a creative job.

You might have heard of decision fatigue before. And if you didn’t know the name, you’ve certainly experienced the side effects. The generally accepted definition is as follows:

Decision fatigue refers to the deteriorating quality of decisions made by an individual after a long session of decision making.

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How to make time for creative projects

How do you make time for creative projects while also balancing work, family and personal commitments? I've got a few ideas to help.

It can be really hard to make time for creative projects. Be it a side hustle, new skill, or simply just an emotional outlet, being a little creative is good for the soul. But finding the time to pursue these interests can sometimes feel like a task in itself.

Recently, I’ve found myself struggling to balance this blog and my artistic inclinations with a full time job. But a few small changes have already made a big impact.

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Nothing is ever finished with perfectionism

Nothing is ever finished when you’re a perfectionist

I love creative projects, but sometimes it feels like nothing is ever finished. I've found some ways to make it a little bit easier.

The ever-changing cycle of creation is one of the reasons I love web development. There’s always something new to investigate, something different to try or something broken to fix. But being caught in a cycle where nothing is ever finished can be frustrating and leave you feeling like you’re chasing your tail, hopping from one unfinished mess to another. (more…)

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Using social media when you have nothing to share

Maintaining a social media presence in the middle of a project

Struggling to post to social media regularly? Here are 5 tips to help with maintaining a social media presence

It’s no secret, maintaining a social media presence is hard. And it only gets harder when you’re in the middle of a project and have nothing finished or polished to post. So what do you share then?

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Experimenting to find your artistic aesthetic

How To Find Your Aesthetic

What is your artistic aesthetic or style? How do you find one? Here are 6 helpful tips on finding your style.

Having a cohesive aesthetic or style is a great way to stand out from the crowd. It’s the thing you’re known for, and an easy way for people to recognise that a piece of work is yours.

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setting goals for 2019

Setting 5 Goals for 2019

Every year I set some new resolutions. These are my top 5 goals for 2019.

In 2018, I set myself some goals, then revisited my progress in the middle of year. This method helped me to keep on track and actually achieve most of the resolutions. With the new year looming, I want to implement the same system, but with some different goals.

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How to keep having fun with design

Having fun with Design

Having fun with design is an important part of both work and play. Here's how being a bit silly helps improve my skills.

What’s the saying? All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy? Yet sometimes I find that I’m fighting just to keep up with work, and it’s all I ever do. Lately, I’ve tried to lighten up and have been having fun with design.

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Being brave and creating something every day

Being Brave: How to Get Shit Done

Being brave is incredibly hard when you have no confidence. But even with anxious moments, I'm learning how to get shit done.

I’m not a brave person. I’m a worrier, and a procrastinator and a perfectionist. But I’m not brave. This week though, I’ve made some big steps towards having confidence and being brave.

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