Like all things in life, I sometimes get a bit burned out and feel like I don’t know the way forward. I become drained of all enthusiasm and motivation I can feel like I’m standing at the foot of the tallest mountain on Earth and unsure how to get started; what the next step. I question what I want to do, why I want to do it. That doesn’t sound good, right?
But then, a light bulb just switches on in the brain and I get that little bit of encouragement I need that gets me going and sustains me through the creative process from conceptual design to the hours of developing my product or service to the end goal. I think that’s something all creative people go through. See, what gets me going is that I just keep thinking. I have a brain that is often incapable of shutting down at the best of times.
As a self employed person I’m in charge of pretty much everything to do with my business and sometimes it’s hard to know when to take a step back, have a bit of a breather and when to keep going. Naturally I always keep up with client deadlines.
I’ve just come back in earnest now from my self-imposed Easter Break but I never switched off from business mode. Not really. I never stop thinking about my business how I can improve it. If I’m not writing code, I’m designing. If I’m not designing, I’m looking at a web design video or tutorial, or article.
I spend a lot of time when not doing client work, just sitting learning to write new code. I’ve got a lot of HTML5 and CSS knowledge inside that crazy head of mine, and sometimes I think I’ve learned it all and my way is the high way. I forget so easily that in this business there is always someone who knows more or knows less than you. There is always someone to learn and draw inspiration from. My current inspirations are the wonderful teachers at Treehouse.com who have taught me that there’s always room for more learning to be done. I’ll always be grateful for the education I received at my University and I don’t think Treehouse was set up to be a replacement for University education, but definitely an alternative. Well worth investing time and money in to review your skills and learn new ones as well.
Through Treehouse I’ve had my eyes option to new ideas and ways of doing things. Even now I’m adopting a mobile first approach for my website which is now taking shape. I’m almost finished the mobile phase of my new website so I have that in the bag. Now I’ll soon be ready to start building a more complex layout structure for tablets and desktop interfaces.
This will include assets for desktop that won’t appear on mobile screens. I’m developing a kind of rolling gallery of websites current and past to include on my home page. This time, I’ve authored it in Google Web Designer, not Flash. For me that is a first. I’m ready now to transfer it from the page generated in GWD to my web page and looking forward to finding out how to successfully do this, It’ll be a challenge but one that I am up for.