Courtney Eliseo (@designworklife) is a Connecticut-based 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.

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  • 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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Prescott Perez-Fox is a graphic designer, brand developer, and educator with 18+ years experience in branding, packaging, graphic design, and web design. He runs The Busy Creator.

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