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No Rest for the Wicked, well Maybe Sometimes

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

Person putting their feet up to restYou 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!

5 thoughts on “No Rest for the Wicked, well Maybe Sometimes

  1. Strong title! I feel like you could change the comma to a period and put a period after the well.

    No Rest for the Wicked. Well, Maybe Sometimes.

    Awesome links! It’s abundantly clear what they will contain and are an interesting addition.

    There are some grammatical errors throughout. Missing some commas to separate thought, but overall I feel you have a very strong topic. I legitimately feel like I learned something new and we interested the entire time I was reading.

    • I legitimately feel like I learned something new and was interested the entire time I was reading.
      My apologies for my own grammatical error.

  2. This was a great blog topic! I have always thought there should be more focus put on the fact that taking breaks can help with productivity in a world filled with a work until you drop mentality. Your title is strong and captivating and makes me want to read more. I also think you have written your blog very well and made some very good points. I noticed a couple of grammatical errors in your blog so make sure you proof read. That being said they are small things that are very easily overlooked. Overall I think you did a great job keep up the good work.

  3. I really like the title of the blog, very effective to make me want to read more and see what the blog is about. I liked the links provided to your previous blogs, maybe if they were set to open in a new tab rather than replacing this one, it would be more user friendly.
    I liked the personality put into this blog, it made me kept reading instead of getting bored of what i’m reading which I usually do.
    Great topic for a blog! Rest is very important when working to clear up the brain. A great article I found said that you should get 17 minutes of break for 52 minutes of work :

  4. I really enjoyed your blog post I think that many people in the class can relate to some of the things you mentioned. I also agree with you and think that breaks help positively impact our work because a break gives you the time to think of more ideas that you might not be thinking about at the time your working on it. I also agree with your second point that breaks help you notice things because sometimes you might not see how a bad a design is and then you’ll look at it later and make it look better.

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