Life as a Independent Designer.

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So a day in the life of a designer or any creative professional; what does that look like?
It doesn’t matter whether you’re a freelancer who likes traveling from different agencies or an independent contractor at home setting your own schedule.

So and Independent contractor may be working on single project for days/ weeks or month, or might not be working on anything for a while.
This duration where you have no work and still have to pay bills. This time zone gives birth to perfect experimentation fun projects. Day schedule might differ, designer to designer.
I personally start working around 11 AM, So you can say am the night person (a Batman life, I would like to say).

I have a To do list that I daily update with project’s status. So as I wake up I have clear idea on what projects needs to be worked on priority basis. Next comes skimming through mails and take actions as required.
I would make sure to go through my emails twice a day, to make sure I haven’t missed on anything. I keep my email timings short like (20 mins/ day). I think that’s important for anybody, to cut down on distractions.
Because people in creative industry are more prone to have problems with focus, so it becomes necessary to have little structured work area.

Though days of designers are not really structured at all and it can be very taxing, but its super fun. Being an independent contractor you have to find your own clients. You have to be lots of person, meet lots of people,
network with communities, go places and talk about certain stuff. This are the things that you would consider before building your “Plan of Action for today” but at the end of the day it always seems there is plenty to do
and still will feel content and energy.

Most crucial part of working independent is managing the time and the project. Because our brains are structured in a way that it is in constant lookout for geometry, patterns, structure in the universe.
So it gets very essential to plan your week ahead and know which day you are going to focus on research and which day you would be conducting knowledge sharing meeting with the client and others. Planning helps to
get more clarity on the project, and understand the scope of the project in earlier stages itself.

Toughest job is to understand the minimum amount of money you need to make per month. This helps to give more visibility on the amount of time you need to spend work and time you would focus on socialising and networking.
To keep your life fun and organised.

So lets talk about the tools I use for my daily survival.
1. Any do- To manage to do list
2. Google Calendar- To schedule the week before hand
3. Toggl- Time Tracking
4. Wave- For invoicing

One other good habit is to jot down your ideas as it occurs to you. I always keep a diary with me to jot down my ideas or I would note it down my iphone. But its always great idea to get those ideas out of your brain.

There is a lot you will learn and lot of roles you will play, but keep moving forward and you shall make it.

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