For Cal­i­for­nian de­signer Vy Nguyen, the founder of Lolli Swim, ev­ery day is dif­fer­ent.

Collective Hub - - FEATURE - I’M NOT A MORN­ING PER­SON, IN­SPI­RA­TION JUST COMES TO YOU,

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!

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