Regardless of possessing an innate love to work as a web designer, it’s all natural for a person to lose up to the mark performance and to find it difficult to complete a project anytime. This doesn’t mean he doesn’t have skills and stamina to finish that project; rather it indicates the need to review the task management strategy and tools he might be using while working on different projects.
Website designing is a creative job. It not only requires the capabilities to think out of the box. But it also demands individuals to stay abreast of new tools and technologies. Good task management skills are also necessary to handle the workload efficiently. Insufficient project administration and lack of interest in the project directly reduces the productivity of a web designer.
No matter how experienced and qualified a designer is, if he neglects using business management, he will run out of creativity soon with the increase in workload.
Whether its cranky client who is asking frequent revisions or it’s a hugely complex project, here I am sharing 5 simple hacks to help professional web designers that help them to enhance their productivity irrespective of the circumstances they are facing.
1) Follow Japanese approach for task organization
Refer to the Kanban (a signboard used in Japan) to schedule systems to improve overall efficiency. It includes moving tasks into their respective columns. To do-Doing and Done. Listing down tasks will look not only well organized, but also make it easy to manage things online and offline.
You can also use online work management tools for advanced level tracking of work and results to monitor productivity.
2) Enjoy benefits of cloud data storage
Cloud computing or cloud data storage have become an attractive and secure way to store data that allows users to access their data files anytime anywhere without visiting their offices just to use computers to download a file or email check.
Cloud offer them the same kind of access to their data via the internet. Google Drive is the best example that provides 15 GB data storage space for free. After observing the data size and business requirements, you may also purchase storage space on cloud server from a reliable hosting company.
It will allow you to coordinate with the team to create, discuss and organize work from any device. Professional web designers can efficiently use this facility to proceed to work even if they are away from the office and increase productivity.
3) Take inspirations quickly
Creative work can’t be controlled forcefully, but professionals have to train their minds not only to meet the deadlines but also to maintain high productivity. Naturally, it’s not possible for a human mind to work consistently with the same level of enthusiasm.
In order to avoid running out of ideas, web designers must consider using online resources like online journals, forums, and design banks to take inspiration quickly. These resources offer an insight of the projects with genuine customer feedbacks.
Whether you are seeking for new design trends, layout ideas and trendy fonts to create a panoramic design for your client, these virtual collections of designs and graphics will never let you losing creativity. The best part is that most of them are free.
4) Incorporate automation for better work management
Whether you are managing emails and clearing the clutter from inbox and organizing tasks list to track complete record of completed projects, ongoing projects, pending and upcoming tasks, it takes a lot of time if you manage it manually.
In contrast to that setting, an auto responder on your email will save your valuable time. The system automatically sorts out the inquiry emails from prospective customers. It also confirms the sender that his email is received and help them to understand communication process and timeline.
Besides this, it will also save you from receiving annoying complaints from a potential client stating you never receive and reply their emails on time. Similarly automating task organization will automatically update the task status and keep you informed all the time. So you never miss a deadline.
5) Use time tracking and project management tools
Web designing is a complex activity that involves working with multiple things. This includes design files, website code, content, graphical images and a lot more. Maintaining creativity and productivity sometimes become a tedious task, especially when a designer is flooded with multiple projects.
This situation makes time management and project management essential for the survival. There are pretty good tools available online designers can easily use for time estimates for different projects. It protects you from spending extra time on a particular project.
Similarly, an automated project management tools keep a complete record of client requirements, team notes, work policies and procedures and techniques used in a project and facilitate designers to handle all the projects in one place.
However, remain creative is the primary need of professional webs designers, they cannot ignore productivity at any cost. Use these simple hacks and take small breaks during work to boost up productivity in all situations.
This article is written by David R. He is a logo designer at Logo Glaze where he creates custom logo designs for startups and enterprises. David is a graphic designer by profession, but he also has a knack for writing. He has an experience of more than a decade in the design and development industry and loves to help people achieve their dreams.