Don't Lose Project Focus
Oftentimes design projects can take on a mind of their own. Once we start improving one aspect, suddenly new features we think we need start popping up and eventually we decide we want a different color scheme. To avoid getting overwhelmed and overrun on a project, try the following simple steps.
1. Be clear. The importance of clarity cannot be overstated. Being clear on expectations, deadlines, and features will save you time, money, and heartache. Losing project focus is often a result of miscommunication and unclear guidelines. If you and your stakeholders understand the scope and expectations of the project, you're more likely to stay on task and keep your focus.
2. Make a schedule. You won't lose focus if you are staring at a deadline on the calendar and you have designed for yourself daily, weekly, and even monthly, schedules. The power of schedules is that they help you understand whether or not it is too late to integrate a specific feature into a project. In addition, setting a pre-defined time for each task will give you enough time to complete a project in the intended time frame and avoid your risk of getting overwhelmed or falling behind.
3. Remember: Perfect is the enemy of done. The first time I ever read this quote, it spoke to me in a unique way. At the time, I had been working on a project and was having a difficult time finishing it because I didn't think it was good enough. But, as Editoral Team at 1st Web Designer recommends, "Looking objectively at your projects is the solution to this...if you always look for that perfect design (nothing wrong with this, by the way) you will find yourself spending more time analyzing then actually finishing the project." Don't stop working or iterating on you designs, be willing to start over, and always remember that client and user opinions are more important than your own. The best design is simply the one the user likes the best.