Feeling “bored” can result in a complete lack of motivation. You don’t have the drive to pick something from your list of chores. You can’t bring yourself to do anything except watch YouTube mindlessly.

At the same time, at the back of your mind is a small sense of guilt. A sense that you should be doing something more valuable with your time. Something creative or constructive.

If this sounds like you, you’re not alone. It’s something I used to struggle with.

There are still some days where this feeling does strike.

However, I’ve found a way to overcome boredom…

On my website (built in Jekyll) some of the links used are affiliate links. To let people know this, I include a disclaimer at the top of relevant pages.

Instead of manually copying and pasting this text for each new article I write, here’s how I implemented an affiliate disclaimer to specific posts or pages.

In the _includes folder, create a file called affiliate-disclaimer.html

Add the following code to that file:

{% if page.has-affiliate-link %}
<p><i>This article contains affiliate links.</i></p>
{% endif %}

If you want to implement this on your own Jekyll site, you can change the actual content…

A shutdown routine is something you do at the end of your workday that tells your brain, I’m finished with work today.

By making a shut down routine part of your daily habits, you’ll find that your mind can focus on other things outside of your work.

Once your mind knows that your tasks have been handled for the day, you’ll be less likely to think about that email you need to send or that random task you should prioritize.

You can spend time with family and friends and be free from distraction.

Why You Should Have A Shutdown Routine

Doing Work Creates Open Loops

The case…

5 Ways For A UI Designer To Come Up With Ideas

As a UI Designer, you are essentially paid for your ideas. They are your greatest source of value.

Because of this, your job is dependent on always creating more value. This type of tension can result in burnout if you don’t acknowledge that your creativity comes in waves.

It’s not always possible to come up with amazing ideas on the spot. But, if you realize this, you can leverage your creative moments of brilliance and store great ideas for when you need them.

To do this, let’s look at 5 ways you as a UI Designer can generate great ideas.

#1 Create An Inspiration Resource

Be consistent — that is your one thing

It’s easy to be bombarded by things you should work on or should do. Things from work, things in your life, things you read on social media.

This can cause overwhelm and it can be difficult to see the wood from the trees.

How can you overcome this to get your most important work done each day? How can you prioritize the things that will give you the most value in the long term?

Focus on one thing and make that one thing be consistency.

  • Embody the mindset of consistency.
  • “I am the kind of person that’s consistent”.
  • Eliminate the…

Michelle McCausland

I'm a designer, developer, and creator. I talk about being a productive designer.

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