For Californian designer Vy Nguyen, the founder of Lolli Swim, every day is different.
so my average day starts at 8am. I read news on my phone (and by news I mean E! News or Snapchat), get ready for the day and check my emails during breakfast. There really isn’t a routine Monday-to-Friday work week for me. My schedule is filled with photoshoots, meetings and, of course, time for the creative design process.
I FILL UP MY SCHEDULE BASED ON WHAT CITY I’M IN,
so I can fit in some fun as well as work. I live by my calendar, and that’s always changing, but every week is semi-structured. I would be lost without my Google Calendar and iPhone notes. My team and I love Planoly for social media, too. That’s been a lifesaver!
I GIVE MYSELF 30 MINUTES [OF DIGITAL DETOX] IN THE MORNING,
and up to 60 minutes in the evening. Then there are times when I could go days without going on social media. It really sucks you in, and then you’re over it and need to take a break from it.
so there’s really no set time for me [to feel creative]. It can be a random magazine or photo that sparks something. There are times when my mentors don’t inspire me, but they do remind me to do things (like travel) to keep being inspired.
I TEND TO KEEP MY ‘WORK SWITCH’ ON.
I always try my very best to stay on top of things. Working with companies overseas, you lose track of time. I set daily goals for each of my projects, and when the task is done, it’s done. I turn on mindless reality TV, go to the spa or read a book to help me unwind and recharge.
IT’S GOOD TO BALANCE OUT YOUR SCHEDULE WHEREVER YOU CAN.
There’s always going to be more work, another urgent project and a million emails. I need to take care of myself, my team and make time for fun, or else the work isn’t fun anymore. Make time for yourself, focus on what is most important to you and your company. A lot of lists help!