Courtney Eliseo Shares her Workflow and Management Techniques for Running a Practice Alongside an Influential Blog, The Busy Creator Podcast 7

The Busy Creator 7 w/guest Courtney Eliseo

Courtney Eliseo (@designworklife) is a graphic designer and founder of the popular design blog Design Work Life. This conversation focuses on how to stay organized as a solo designer, the workflow of writing blog posts, and the balance of running a content business while staying relevant as a practitioner.

Show Notes & Links



  • Dedicate one day to separate aspects of the business (client work, blog, finances, etc.)
  • When designing a brand identity, think of digital from day one
  • Use the to-do list over the calendar
  • Build workflows and automation for recurring tasks, such as resizing images for your blog
  • Listen to podcasts while you work


  • Stick to a plan
  • Meet with your boss every other week, review time
  • Generate a time report in Harvest
  • Create a “Dollar Jar” at work. Give $1 every time you email about a project instead of post on Basecamp (or your tool of choice)
  • Wake up early. (oatmeal optional)

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About Prescott Perez-Fox

Prescott Perez-Fox is a New York-based graphic designer and brand developer with 15+ years experience in branding, packaging, graphic design, and web design. He runs The Busy Creator.
  • George Cook

    I think proofhub too should be added in this list. Has features like time tracking, gantt chart, to-do’s and much more. Great project management solution that can help you a lot.

    • Thanks for the tip George. The items on this list are the ones Courtney recommended in our conversation, but I’ll check out Proofhub for future reference.