How to be Best Drafter or Designer in your Field
As you set your personal new year resolutions, it’s also important to establish some professional goals. Goal setting is crucial for progress, especially when it comes to your business and/or career. In this post I want to share some of my professional goals for 2016. These are things I want to work on to become a better drafter and designer this year. If these goals resonate with you, feel free to adopt them and implement in your professional career.
Never Stagnate In Knowledge
I’m sure you know this but you don’t know everything. There is always something new to learn and with all the resources available online it’s easier than ever. Make it a goal this year to learn something new about design, drafting, business, entrepreneurship, teamwork, marketing everyday.
Contribute, Don’t Just Consume
Whether you work in a large office setting or from home as a freelancer, at some point you will find yourself working in a team. There is nothing worse than a passive team member who consumes but never contributes. Make it a goal to be more active in your team and contribute.
Don’t Be Afraid To Try New Things
The old saying, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” is true, but don’t let it stop you form trying new things. Sometimes it’s a good thing to get out of our comfort zone and do something new and different. Maybe it’s a different approach to a design process, new marketing strategy or as simple as new workstation layout. Trying new things is always a good way to challenge yourself, thus helping you grow.
In the last year and a half of running my own drafting and design firm I found that networking is one of the most important things I can do to grow my business. Now, naturally I’m a big introvert. I would rather sit at my workstation with headphones in, than meet new people, but what we want isn’t always best for us. Someone said that opportunity is found outside of our comfort zone. I found that statement to be very true. This year, get out more, network with other freelancer, business owner, drafter and designer.
Ask For Help
Back to my first statement, “you don’t know everything”. Asking for help is not a sign of weakness, but rather an important step of growth. It’s always important to have mentors who you can seek advice from. If you don’t have one already, make it a goal this year to find a mentor. Hey, maybe it’s going to be one of the new things that you try!
Take Time Off More Often
When you are passionate about what you do, it’s easy to forget about work/life balance. This is especially true when working from home. Let this year be a year when you set aside good amount of time for your family, friends as well as some alone time to recharge.
Celebrate the Wins
I don’t know about you, but I tend to be very critical of myself. Always looking at things that I can improve on, fix and do better. This is not necessarily a bad characteristic, but definitely can hurt you and your business. Celebrating your wins is as equally important as analyzing the failures. This year set a goal to celebrate the wins, even if they are small. When you finish a project, celebrate! Landed that perfect job or found a new client, celebrate!
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