work rituals as a ux designer

Work Rituals As A UX Designer

Often we like to discuss our workflow, thinking process regarding a project. How often do we contemplate and talk about our workflow?

Everyone has their own different way of working, and here’s mine:

8:30 AM – 10:30 AM

Freshen up, pick up some breakfast at home or at the cafe. I like to start my mornings with a book on design, learn a new skill through Udemy or biography of an influential person. I personally believe that by starting your day positively, it will impact the rest of your day.

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Here’s where I will check how my websites are doing. I regularly check if there is any updates that need to be done and plan on blog posts that I need to write for the week. In this hour, I am more creative and my thoughts flow naturally on what I want to produce. If you’re wondering, I own 3 websites – this website, and do check them out!

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Have lunch either at home or a take-away nearby. Rest and relax.

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM & 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Work starts with important projects. I would hook myself up on Spotify and listen to a playlist I’ve personally created. Sometimes I would explore other playlists, but my music choice is usually on the Electronic genre. I have created a playlist for creatives and will include it soon on the website.

As I work, it is most important to set my mind firstly on these questions “How is the User Flow?”, “How is redundant or useful is this?”, “What do the Users/Stakeholders want here?”. I would not jump into work after thinking these and writing some points down on what needs to be done.

Usually when I work, I take breaks after an hour or hour and a half. I will not just take a 15 minute break,  but sometimes up to 30 minutes to rest and take my mind off the project. I believe in how the mind can give you new ideas and perspectives after breaks. I would take a power nap of 30 minutes if needed – this makes me wake up fresh from the mid-day slump and work even better. I do encourage this if you are a freelancer or have an opportunity to take naps!

During this time as well, there will be minimal social media checking – this is to avoid distractions that will slow down my work. I would either do this during the gap of 3:00 – 4:00 PM if needed to.

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Have dinner at home or a take-away nearby. Rest and relax.

7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Exercise. I joined an app called Workout Trainer to follow videos of workouts and keep track of my progress. I like to do 1 or 2 sets of exercises, and after that go for a jog. After this, I will take a shower and have something healthy like fruits.

8:30 PM – 10:00 PM & 10:30 – 11:30 PM

Work on creating UI Kits and Web Design for my product store –

I love to build kits and this is my long-term goal, which is to empower people by providing mobile and web ui kits to create their own products easily.

During this time, I might also continue with freelance work if there is more work. Usually I do like to leave 30 minutes of time before I sleep at 12:00 AM

12:00 AM

This is the time I end my day. I stick to 12:00 AM if I can and it’s hard if there is a big project that require you to be an all nighter. With that said it’s good to have a time you are disciplined to follow and which influences every part of your life.

Do you have your own work rituals as a creative? Feel free to share below and would love to hear your thoughts if you enjoyed this post.



Tracey Wong

Digital Product Designer based in Kuala Lumpur.

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