This week we are answering some more awesome questions from the listeners. We always love doing these and are super excited for today’s show!

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Show Notes for This Episode:

[1:00] Tom and Lisa open up the show.
[1:40] @IamRossMason asks if he can animate the Honest Designers Logo.
[3:00] Pointers on how to organize and keep one’s desk clean. @DMELettering
[4:00] The gang show their desks and share interesting items they have handy.
[5:00] Some believe your desk is an extension of your mind.
[6:30] Ian shares how the Marie Kondo method is taking over his home.
[7:20] Marie Kondo is not welcome in Dustin’s home.
[9:20] Lisa shares her tidy workspace tip.
[10:30] Another listener asks the group to share their failures.
[11:15] Ian shares a big failure. £800 for prints that never sold.
[12:00] Dustin’s desperation for $1500 yields a brutal failure.
[14:00] Lisa shares a failure similar to Ian’s experience.
[15:30] A painful experience still stings Tom when he thinks about it.
[16:00] Tom’s offer of free critiques to Photoshop forum becomes a nightmare.
[17:10] The conversation sparks Dustin to share a more recent uneasy experience.
[18:00] Lisa and Ian rally to encourage Dustin to continue his passion.
[19:00] Tom says stop doing something only if it doesn’t make you happy.
[20:45] Forget your haters! They don’t know you.
[21:00] Never let the cruel words of one person stop you from helping others.
[23:24] How do you make sure a final piece doesn’t fall short? @anniecam3
[24:00] Planning is crucial to successful execution.
[25:00] Plans without crushing creativity.
[26:00] Tom shares a fun fact, Cute Aggression.
[27:00] The group descends into a rabbit hole of cute aggression.
[29:00] Lisa comes back to her illustration-planning process.
[30:00] The Science of Cute as it relates to Lisa’s work.
[32:30] Retro builds a product description first before developing products.
[33:00] You need an end goal before starting a project.
[34:00] Project planning styles vary, find one that works for you.
[36:30] Listener Victoria Design, avoiding passion burnout after your 9-5
[37:45] It’s hard to not burn out.
[38:00] Sacrifice what you can and it will all fall into place.
[39:00] Change takes patience and focus.
[40:00] Time management.
[41:00] Tiny things over time add up.
[42:20] There is no such thing as an overnight success.
[43:00] Consistency is KEY.
[44:00] What does a healthy workday really look like?
[45:00] Tom imparts what he’s learned from his bout with burnout.
[46:00] Workday schedules vary, find what works for you.
[47:00] Rest is crucial to avoiding the crash.

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