A little pep talk

The last couple of week has been nothing short of crazy, hectic, involved, stressful, and just plain nutso. Whether is was employee changes at work requiring me to take on the work of three designers or stress from my personal life, it’s been hard.

I write this post because I know that I can do with a pep talk and I’m sure anyone reading this is also going through their own hectic lives, trying to make everything line up and come out on the other end relatively unscathed. I still have a few burn marks from previous encounters and I’m sure you do too.

So let’s get a few things straight:
1. It’s Friday. That means that you made it to the end of the week and most likely you can take a little time to recover now.

2. You are working your hardest and that’s all that matters. People might be inclined to ask more of you, but there is only one of you and a finite amount of hours in a day. Remember this. I tend to get a no excuses mentality going when I’m stressed. Don’t do that. There are physical limits to this world and physical limits to yourself. Let me know if you manage to find 26 hour days…

3. You do not suck. I’m positive that everyone that receives this blog post through my mailing list, does not suck. You actually rock or I wouldn’t be sharing this blog with you. People will continue to try to mess with you and get you doubting yourself. Do not let them. Trying to get something done and thinking that you suck? Yeah, that’s going to go well. So just stop there. YOU DO NOT SUCK. If anyone questions that, just send them my way…

4. Know when to call it quits. There is nothing that is perfect. Damn close exists, but you have to be able to recognize it and its cousin that’s not so perfect, but is no less appealing. Make your goals and deadlines and if you reach them, then take what’s on screen and send it on. Remember, you don’t suck, so your work probably doesn’t either. So send your work on and see what happens. I’m sure it will all work out and if it doesn’t, then you start again. But to just keep going over and over and over something doesn’t do anything but wear it thin and leave you with a less-than-fresh solution. Just like fish, only the fresh sells.

5. Lastly, stop being so hard on yourself. This is kind of like #3, but on a more personal level. There are only so many hours in a day, only one of you, only so many hours before a deadline, and only so many revisions you can do on anything. Things do come up, putting you behind schedule, you will get sick, you will miss a deadline, you will a lot of things. But don’t let one event define everything else. It will just make the whole overall process harder. I speak from experience.

So there you have it. That is my pep talk to you and myself. This pep talk also isn’t just for designers either. This is one of those things that everyone deals with in some form. Some might apply to you, and some might not. But no one ever said, “Things aren’t going great, but no thank you. Your pep talk is not necessary.” Or maybe it has been said, but those people are insane.

Chin up readers and consider yourself pepped!