Staring at a screen for hours on end can get irritating, “lucky” for us, as designers, that is what we do everyday. In my previous blog posts I have mentioned many ways on how to get more ideas through brainstorms and inspirations. However, today I am going a different direction and talking about taking breaks and slowing down that brain for once.
So here’s why breaks are important:
Breaks have a positive impact on our work
You see, the lack of breaks could possibly be affecting the quality of our work, I know it’s hard to believe that our non-stop brains need to rest every once in a while. What I mean when I say “quality of our work” is that sometimes I end up not being able to tell the difference between what looks good or bad. Specially when I have been staring at a design for hours and my brain starts crashing on me, that is how I know that I should step away, even if it just for a few minutes.
Breaks help you notice things
Being away from a design for a bit can help refresh your mind, because once you come back to it you will see it with new eyes. This will either help you see how you can improve it, or see what’s not working. For example, something could have seen great when you placed it but after coming back to it you can instantly see that it’s clashing with everything and must be exterminated. If exterminating is not an option you could also adjust it in a way that will make it function within the design. Overall, the point I am trying to make is that you would have probably not seen these things if you hadn’t stepped away from your design in the first place.
In fact, these breaks could actually lead to more ideas because after stepping away for a little bit, you may see your work with a new perspective. Your mind would be clearer and you would be able to see everything in a new light. Well at least that’s how it is for me, if it’s different for you then let me know. Comment any tips you have for getting over mind roadblocks or what helps you brainstorm. Now, you’ve had your break while reading this so… get back to designing!