Mar 6, 2017
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Tag: ux designer

Sunrise at work

Balancing work and life and why we need it

We all take our jobs seriously. It’s a daily grind and, though hopefully, you love your job, it can become taxing when you don’t take time for yourself. I know I struggle to step away from the office and take vacations, even when my manager asks me repeatedly to do so.

So why does he keep pushing me to take time off? Why is it so important?

If work consumes your life, you will, eventually, burn out. It is inevitable. I work in a creative field for a living, and that area requires my artistic side to stay always plugged in. Writers get writer’s block. Designers lose inspiration to design. Constant meetings, deadlines, and expectations begin to weigh us down, no matter what our job is. Taking a step back to breathe is key to survival in the adult world.

Oh, it’s hard, there’s no doubt about that!

The constant thoughts and concerns begin running through my mind when I take time off become: if I’m out, will I become a blocker? Will my developers understand the designs that I have given them? If I’m out and my team receives design feedback, when will I find out? Who will defend the work that we’ve done? The list goes on and on.

To truly step away and relax, to find that proper work-life balance, think about some of the key ways you can leave the office and feel that your team can handle your absence for a day or two.

  1. Give your team ample notice. At the beginning of each sprint cycle, I look at my schedule, and if I have appointments or vacation planned, I inform the team. If I know that I’m going to be on vacation for a longer period, say a week out of a month, I’ll send out an email at the beginning of the month with my plans and how people can reach me.
  2. Review your work a few days before you leave. If my designs need to be vetted by higher-ups or some people haven’t seen it yet, I try to plan ahead and get it in front of them before I leave.
  3. Ask your team if they need anything before your planned time off. I always check to see what’s coming up the pipeline and if it looks like designs are going to be needed, I review with my team
  4. Turn off your work email and enjoy yourself!



So here’s my question to you! What do you do to make sure you find that perfect work-life balance? Have you been struggling with this? Let’s figure it out together!

Exploring Maine at the UX Retreat

A fresh start

Being an adult isn’t easy. Being an adult just out of college, settling into the “real world” and trying to understand how to actually adult is absolutely terrifying. I should know… I’ve been out of college for almost 4 years and I’m still trying to wrap my head around this whole being a contributing member of society-thing.

So how do we become functioning members of society? How do we balance our jobs, our social lives, and our “me” time? It’s actually quite simple. We band together, try to stay organized, and fake it till we make it.

Being a good member of society isn’t just about getting up in the morning, sitting in traffic, working 9 to 5, and then going home in the evening. It’s about staying ahead of the game, making healthy choices, learning when to speak up, and making an effort to make a difference in the world. We’ve got it covered from various organization tips to learning how to take time off from work even when it feels like there’s no good moment.

My goal is to really help set you up for success. I’m going through this transition into adulthood just like you… why not do it together?

So who am I?

My name’s Katerina Rose and I’m a Programmer-turned-UX Designer living in the wonderful city of Boston, MA. I graduated from college with a BFA in 2013 and I’ve been a working girl ever since. My experiences include freelance design, working at a small startup, and immersing myself in the corporate world at a company boasting over 4,000 employees.

For those who know me personally, I’m obsessed with planners, exploring the city around me, and organizing all of my crazy projects into manageable little chunks.

I decided to start Simply Katerina Rose to share my journey, and the journeys of my friends who may be sharing their own experiences, with you and to help you get through this crazy thing called adulthood with me.