E is for Enjoy
If you’re in a similar situation as I am, chances are you’re working hard to make work, make a lot of good stuff, and get the bills paid. It’s happens more often than it doesn’t that I am loaded down with so much work, I often have no time for anything else. And ladies, we all know we need time for ourselves!
But besides making time for a life outside of our creative work, we also to make sure that the work we do is work that we also enjoy. If you’re a freelancer, times may be hard and you have to take every job you can take – I understand that, but don’t skimp on necessary things. If you turn down projects that don’t pay well enough, then also don’t take jobs that might pay but aren’t interesting/fun.
Try and make a habit to only spend time on things you enjoy. You’ll end up pouring more of yourself into the project, but it will be more fulfilling once it has been completed. Plus, I bet you’ll have more energy to do more creative things in the long run. Investing in good work helps foster more creativity and even better future work.
So if you have to sacrifice now so that you can inner designer peace, do it. Do what you need to do to enjoy your craft and the passion for it. Taking bad projects can squander the passion you have for being a designer, and that’s no good!