How Do Solo Designers Manage Their Workload?

almost 5 years ago from , Four Kitchens — Senior Designer and Frontend Engineer

Are you a solo (or almost solo) designer or developer? How do you manage your workload? This is a question from a night-and-weekend warrior.

For the purposes of this question "workload" is defined thusly — you have five projects that will take 20 hours each with variable due dates for several clients. You do this work in the evenings and on weekends. You need a schedule so that you can keep clients happy. What do you use?

Thanks in advance for your responses!


  • Alejandro HernandezAlejandro Hernandez, almost 5 years ago

    I have been a semi-solo for a better part of a year (I lead a team of designer/animators for production work but everything else is done by me). I have develop a to-do list system in order to schedule time between three avenues of design (I am the creative director for company brand, I art direct our video production projects and help with product development.) I plan my day the night before and try to give each design stream a bit of my time through out the day to keep my mind limber. I try to schedule meetings on Monday, Wednesday, Friday (although I sometimes have to schedule meetings with clients on Tuesday or Thursday but that depends on clients schedule). I work from home on Tuesday and Thursday so that I can start work early (5am) and have the entire day to rock design work that I have for the week (Usually based on feature request for the site , ux/ui problem fixes, etc.) Although I sometimes have to work the weekends depending on priority of the work. I do have to work a lot at the moment but at this point I am in the process of hiring a junior designer to handle marketing collateral, and other design assets that are needed.

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  • Daniel GoldenDaniel Golden, almost 5 years ago (edited almost 5 years ago )

    I was a solo in-house designer for a little under a year. It was very hard (</understatement>), but our solution for it was to hire another designer.

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