How Time Management Works In Developing Design
The most common problem is that classic time management doesn't work for the majority of designers. When we use classic time management tools, we kill time, but this is not a golden opportunity.
How To Beat The Clock And Being Confident That You're Not Wasting Your Time?
I've already tried different time management methods, and what I know well is that similar lists work very well if you are a designer. You need to set up a goal. For example, decrease most of the routines or do the whole project to be happy.
Now, let's imagine that you set up a goal, and the next step will be writing a ToDo list of how you would achieve this goal. For example, in the 1st case, when we want to decrease routines, we should fill out the list with leftovers of past projects. Small things you can't find time to complete or common problems you should solve but never found a time for this. Regarding the 2nd and other cases, try to be yourself and fill them out with your opinion. Also, you can leave your questions in the comments below this article.
Track Your Time
This is the second magic tool that I warmly recommend you. After you wrote a ToDo list, try to track your time during the work with this list. You'll see an interesting fact that you spend less time on tasks than you imagined before. Thus, tracking time lets you know more information about your products and about the things that consume you most of the time. This is another important point. A project that consumes most of the time ideally should be most profitable. For example, a project that helps you achieve your goal or a project that covers your basic needs and not only.
I want to recommend a couple of apps that help me keep my productivity on a normal level.
For the lists, I use Trello. This app has web and mobile versions. So, it's synchronizing well between devices. This is very important for me to open my management board at any time and in any place. Also, it's handy that you can visualize your tasks and separate them into different categories. For example, you are working on 2-3 projects. So, you can add inboard 2-3 lists and fill them out with tasks that you need to do for this project. This app also has a minus. I didn't find the notification feature. For example, it would be helpful to receive notifications by email. I read somewhere that they are working on it, and I hope this feature would launch soon.
I track my time with Toggl. It's the second productivity tool that I use every day. I installed this app on my Mac and turned it on when I do something for work or to achieve my goals. Actually, I track all that I do on my laptop. In this app, you can separate the time you spend on different projects and even on different clients containing many projects. This is a beneficial function.
Also, I use RescueTime for the same needs of tracking time. This app works automatically, and you shouldn't involve in the process of work of this app. I installed this app and registered an account some time ago. From this moment, I have been receiving reports of spent time and productivity scores weekly. Good point in this app: it somehow knows what apps you use and what websites visit during the week. On this basis, this app counts productivity scores.
Track or Not?
All people are different, and one method can be helpful for one person, but another doesn't work for this kind of person. So, the best thing I can recommend for now is to try at least one month to use ToDo lists and track time tools. In my experience, it's profitable. Do you have a different experience that is good or bad for you? Please, share it below in the comments area. Maybe we'll try to rethink the most common time management method and improve productivity in the bigger number of professionals.