I don't make new year's resolutions. I don't want to make promises I can't keep. When I promise something, I plan to do it even if it hurts. However, when I resolve to improve something it isn't quite the same as a promise to accomplish it. It inherently assumes imperfection and mistakes on the way to growth.
Therefore, I resolve to improve in these areas:
1. Do some creative side projectsI want to do more personal projects this year. I've gotten away from doing fulfilling creative work recently in lieu of doing work for others. If I want to grow in my craft I must get back to doing projects that feed my soul, not just my wallet.
2. Start redesign of my websiteRight now I've been drafting and considering (for over 3 years or so) how to redesign my website. It's never going to get done unless I start just doing it. 2020 seems like a good year to try and get this started.
3. Learn something newI want to take more advantage of learning opportunities in 2020. Towards the end of this year I've been investing in online LinkedIn courses, purchasing and reading books from A Book Apart, and even attending an AIGA event. I want to continue doing this for the year to come by expanding beyond just design like philosophy, logic, sociology, psychology, and research methods. I believe these will help me be a more well-rounded designer.
4. Write betterI use writing to help me articulate my ideas and thoughts. I need to do this more and better. So, part of my training will involve learning how to write better and more efficiently. And along with training, I plan to spend more time actually writing. Maybe I'll even do this as part of a creative side project like a book or something.
If you have any areas of growth for 2020, feel free to chime in below or on Twitter.