Aug 01, 2020

My mom ran me to the hospital

In 2011, I discovered the world of design.

That was a good time. I always woke up with a lot of energy, wondered what next learning I will find on the internet. I got so excited to play with the tools, read articles about design, and watched as many tutorials as possible.

I took accounting at university, but I didn’t want to be an accountant. So, I dedicated all my free time to enter the design contest, hoping to be a designer one day. On the summer break, I took it to the extreme. I sat in front of the computer all day, except when I eat or need to go to the bathroom. I want to be better.

One morning, I woke up and barely can move. I called my mom and she ran me to the hospital. The doctor said I was dehydrated. Fortunately, I quickly recovered within hours after they put a huge needle to my arm.

I thought working hard will make me better. But, did I?

After I fully recovered, I asked myself, what exactly am I getting from working non-stop? I made my mom worried and end up in the hospital, that’s all. Probably I got better at using Photoshop and Illustrator at that point. But, I’m not practically a better designer. I didn’t even won any design contest.

From that point, I started to realize, I need to constantly find a way to work smarter, not harder. Here are a few questions you can use to reflect:

  • How can I finish a task quicker next time?
  • How can I avoid mistakes that cost me time?
  • Have I put a time to break so you don’t burn out?
  • Have I take care of my body and mental state?





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Methods are tools

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How can I get a bigger project?

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Entering product design – Chapter 6: Narrow collaborator

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Entering product design – Chapter 5: Soloist product designers

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Entering product design – Chapter 4: Product designer key skill areas

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Entering product design – Chapter 3: Misunderstanding of business

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Entering product design – Chapter 2: Principles over steps

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Entering product design – Chapter 1: Silver bullet

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Entering product design – Overview

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SAR: A framework for concise storytelling

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Start your design with outcome

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New medium post: Collaboration ground for design systems

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Action points

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Pulse check: Listen to your team

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You should actively apply for a new job

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Design systems' area of influence: Service (3/3)

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Design systems' area of influence: Offering (2/3)

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Design systems' area of influence: Identity (1/3)

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My mom ran me to the hospital

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Reader question: Do I need formal design education?

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Sandbox for your personal growth

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Start your week with questions

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Specificity in feedback

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Don't sell the design. Sell the business impact

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The framing trap

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Everyone vs. Specific

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The blind horse designer

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Set the context in your meeting

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Let's just try and see what happens

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Low UX maturity company

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Workshops can be more efficient than meetings

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Five simple actions to help you gain more time

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Quick life update

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Common icon design problems you should avoid

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Preface: Welcome to