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What are your habits to remain a successful designer for the long term?

over 4 years ago from , Interaction designer

I've been thinking a bit about long term planning and I'm wondering if and how you think about it.

I'm especially curious what freelancers do, since they have no company to give them structure, but any other ideas are welcome too.

Are there certain things you do every week/month/year/decade to make sure you stay on top, like Sagmeister's regular sabbaticals?

Do you have a set list of conferences that you go to every year? Do you have an education fund that you put some money in to book courses every once in a while?

A few ideas that have crossed my mind: - A yearly project of gaining some deep knowledge in a topic - A monthly 'training' day, to lear something new - A boring pension fund - Meet up with fellow designers for coffee - etc