Been there. Done that. Never again. Is this how you feel about new year resolutions?

Whatever your take, the new year rolls in like clockwork! Focus less on what you want to do, and more on who you want to be at the end of 2022. You can then identify some simple steps that will help you get there.

If you want to establish your niche, or have lost sight of why you do what you do, read on. We’ve put together a list of new year resolutions for graphic designers below to give you some inspiration. Whether you’re a designer or have graphic designers on your team, we think you’ll find our suggestions valuable.

Top 7 new year resolutions for graphic designers

1. Fuel your creativity

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Creator’s block bites us all once in a while. But you can choose how you respond to it. Don’t just resign yourself to the rut! Actively feed your creativity instead, surrounding yourself with sparks that can rekindle your fire.

Here are a few ideas:

  • Take a walk outdoors
  • Change your screensaver to something that inspires you
  • Go to an art gallery
  • Look through your favorite past work. Reconnect with your design beginnings. Your drawing style, a favorite color combination, a forgotten medium.
  • Try Simplified’s AI content writer if you are struggling to find fresh and innovative words.

Related: How to overcome a creative block

2. Become a ninja graphic designer

The world of design is constantly evolving with cutting-edge tech and trippy trends. New programs and features enter the fray. Audiences favor a different style this month than they did last month.

Maximize these shifts by venturing into new territory, or developing a coveted skill. So if you’ve only ever done illustration, try your hand at typography. Or sign up for that UI/UX course you’ve been putting off for later.

Don’t allow your long-term goals to suffer in the constant rush to meet deadlines. Of course, you’ll have weeks that are exceptionally hectic, and you’ll have to prioritize the work at hand. But always try to make time for your own personal development too.

3. Establish rhythms of life and work

Creative people are usually associated with chaos. In fact, much has been said about a connection between a messy desk and creativity. However, there is value in routine, discipline, and focus. A method to the madness or organized chaos, if you will.

The goal in organizing is to stay aware of the bigger picture while making space for spontaneity. Know what your commitments are and how much time they require. Track your deadlines and follow through on time.

Make a start by planning your schedule around the times when you’re at your best. Experiment with the Pomodoro technique, working in short spurts with regular breaks. Eliminate distractions by using the Focus or Do Not Disturb mode on your devices.

4. Say no to say yes

“Learn to say ‘no’ to the good so you can say ‘yes’ to the best.” – John C. Maxwell

It’s important to ensure that your goals are realistic and manageable. Don’t bite off more than you can chew by overcommitting. A lesson for every graphic designer to learn!

Move from defense to offense by proactively defining your professional boundaries this year. Identify the areas you want to focus on, and more importantly, identify why. Then, filter opportunities and projects according to whether they fit that focus. Don’t hesitate to turn down requests if they detract from your vision.

Shouldn’t this one be on every list of new year resolutions for graphic designers? We think so.

5. There’s only one you, so take care

You’ve heard it so many times, you can recite this mantra yourself. Rest well, maintain a healthy diet, stay physically active. You’ve seen it bear fruit for celebrities like Adele, Jonah Hill, and many others.

Yet, it can seem difficult to consistently do these things ourselves. Why do we start down a healthier path, only to stop at the first sign of resistance? And when did consuming 17 cups of coffee a day become normal?

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Our bodies are incredible. They will carry us farther and faster if we respect the way they function best.

This year,

  • Step away from your desk for a few minutes at regular intervals. This gets your blood circulating and gives your eyes a much-needed break.
  • Switch to ergonomically designed furniture that’s good for your posture.
  • Work hard. Sleep well. And consume coffee in moderation!

6. Connect with people

Whether you’re an illustrator, graphic designer, or marketing professional, your work connects with people. They are your audience, your clients, your client’s customers, your co-creators, your encouragers, your critics.

Take time this year to connect with people as people. Understand what makes them tick, what makes them think and behave and consume the way they do. As a designer, empathy allows you to consider others in the design process.

Does this mean you should be a people-pleaser? No! But understanding why some people are drawn to your designs and others are not, can really help the process. You can stop comparing yourself to others and lean fully into what you have to offer. You might even win some folks over!

7. Design for good

Graphic design has an unquestionable impact on people. This means you have the ability and responsibility to influence.

There are social ventures that need the boost that comes with great graphics. But some can’t afford it right now. You could consider offering your skill and expertise to charities or non-profit organizations.

There is deep satisfaction in working not just for yourself but for the good of others in need. You could close out 2022 having made a real difference.

Related: 10 powerful examples of graphic design for nonprofits

Let’s crush 2022!

No matter what 2021 held for you, you and your design business can grow leaps and bounds in 2022. We hope this list of new year resolutions for graphic designers helps you as you plan ahead for the upcoming year.

At Simplified, we are rooting for graphic designers like you. Our all-in-one tool will help you save time and stay on top of your work. It offers you hundreds of templates and enables you to scale your content as needed. You can also publish your completed designs with just a click. It makes collaboration easy. We’re also working to bring you some stellar new features in the near future, so stay tuned.

Good luck for 2022, and happy designing!

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