Hey there, design reader!
It’s been a couple of weeks since my last post—did you miss me? I most certainly missed you!
In my last entry I was just about wrapped up with Phase 1 of my UX Academy Journey, and celebrated reaching the halfway mark (almost) by taking off for an entire week of dedicated “unplug and play” on a beautiful tropical island. Now I’m back, and ready to ramp up again for Phase 2. Shall we jump right in?
Relax, Reset, Repeat
Boy, time flies, especially when you’re on vacation—though, I must admit, it first appeared to slow to a halt the moment I turned off my screens and instead focused my attention on the non-digital, physical world around me. (Boredom is a good thing, I swear!)
It’s amazing how much good a little rest and relaxation will do, especially when you’re a workaholic, as I am (no shocker there). With the busy hustle and bustle of Phase 1 of UXA behind me, I took the opportunity to revel in a thorough brain-break.
What I found was, much to my surprise, abstaining from all things tech-related for several whole days actually deepened my understanding of UX design, its processes, and how I work best as a newbie (-ish) designer.
There’s even some solid neurological science supporting the idea that periods of rest, sleep, and full withdrawal from work are crucial for the consolidation of new knowledge—stepping back can actually heighten achievement.
Of course, that’s not why I did it—mainly it was for the tan and the mai tais—but enhanced cognition is certainly a perk.