One thing I’m trying to focus on this year is improving my approach to minimalism. It’s never just been about a trend for me (I do adore minimal design though) but more of a lifestyle mantra.
Due to ongoing sleep deprivation from having a baby, I struggle a lot with excess noise and sensory input throughout the day. If I’m not careful to filter the amount of information I need to process during the day, the result is input fatigue. I can’t think clearly, which makes me frustrated, and then my attitude, mood and work suffers.
Can you relate?
Over time, I have and still continue to discover processes and tips that work for me, and I’d love to share them with you, in the hopes they help you too. If you have any advice or a tip that has worked for you, please let me know – I’m all ears!
I thought I’d start with a really basic tip for my fellow creatives (there’s nothing too small – seriously, they all help):
How to get rid of the distracting “Start” workspace in your CC apps
Whenever I open InDesign or Illustrator or Photoshop, I cringe at the “Start” Workspace that appears. All those visual thumbnails (or long list, if you have it set to list format) of my recent work doesn’t make me feel inspired or help me to find what I am looking for. It is visual clutter for me, and akin to sitting down to a messy desk rather than a clean one. Ugh.
The solution? Go to Preferences > General and untick ‘Show “Start” Workspace When No Documents Are Open’, and click OK.
Minimalism 1 | Clutter 0
Told you it was simple, right? But now whenever I open any of my apps, I am greeted with a clean, black space with no distractions. Annnnd *exhale*. That’s better now, isn’t it?