Shelley Bassett



Goals and Achievements

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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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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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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Having a Backup Plan

Why having a backup plan is important

Life happens. It gets in the way and does unexpected things. This is why having a backup plan is so important.

“We’re moving to Plan B“. Not always the words you want to hear. In fact, they’re often the opposite of what we want to hear. But the thing no one tells you about Plan B is that having a backup plan means that the show can go on. It’s not a preparedness to fail, it’s a recipe for success. I’ve often struggled with the idea that having a Plan B doesn’t mean failure, but recently, I could have used a backup plan. Here’s what a Plan B really looks like, and why you should probably make one too. (more…)

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completing a goal review

Mid-Year Goal Review 2018

It's halfway through 2018 and time for a goal review. I have big plans for this year, and need to re-evaluate my initial objectives.

Earlier this year, I set myself some goals, and as we approach the middle of the year, I feel like it’s a good time to revisit them. A goal review is a great way to evaluate how you’re tracking. Its easy to lose direction and motivation as the year goes on, and this is a good chance to help keep focus on what’s important. (more…)

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Cosy lounge room sofa with pillows and some houseplants on the side table

Ditching the Bad Habits

Ever struggled ditching the bad habits? Me too. But in order to move forward and meet my goals, there are some things I really need to change.

As a designer, I spend a lot of time looking at the habits that people follow online. But what about the habits in my own life, both on and off-line? Turns out, I have some really bad habits that are holding me back and preventing me from reaching my current goals. Change is never easy, but with the recent changes in my tidiness, it’s a good time to make some changes in my habits. (more…)

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The Simple Art of Being a Mess

I'm not a minimalist by any stretch of the imagination. But this week I've discovered just how much of a mess I can be...

This past week has been a roller coaster of ups and downs. Surgery to remove my wisdom teeth left me really ill and with a number of not-fun side effects (but that’s a story for another day). The result of this, is that I haven’t been able to properly care for myself (or Chester, poor cat). But what has this got to do with me being a mess? Well, between drug-fulled naps, binges on Grand Designs and other lifestyle shows, odd little conversations with my very minimalist boyfriend and needing my mum to do simple things like vacuum my floors, it became glaringly obvious that something needs to change. And that something is probably me.


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