Design New Year’s resolutions for 2024

Ideas for New Year's resolutions in case you don't have time or energy to craft your own amidst the holiday rush

readymag blog: design New Year’s resolutions for 2024

As the New Year draws near, it’s customary to make personal resolutions—to be more creative, more productive, more cheerful, and kinder in the coming year. In other words, to simply be better, no matter how you define that concept. 

Below are some ideas for New Year's resolutions in case you don't have time or energy to craft your own amidst the holiday rush. There are also some bonus links to resources that can help you fulfill them. Best wishes for an outstanding 2024! 

  1. Swear to finally label each layer in my design projects.
  2. Promise to embrace the beauty of white space.
  3. Insert final texts into designs right away, rather than placeholder jokes.
  4. Spend less time comparing myself to seemingly more successful designers on Instagram.
  5. Make time for personal passion projects—just for the joy of designing what I love.
  6. Step outside my creative comfort zone by experimenting with unfamiliar techniques and unconventional solutions.
  7. Agree on the number of revision iterations at the outset of each new project.
  8. Get my website featured in the Examples.
  9. Read at least five influential design books to broaden my perspective.
  10. Stay up-to-date with design trends.
  11. Don’t blindly follow trends.
  12. Freshen up my portfolio with new projects whenever it's looking dated.
  13. Reduce waste and environmental impact by printing less and going paperless when possible.
  14. Propose outrageous, outside-the-box ideas during brainstorming—if only for fun.
  15. Volunteer for bizarre, unconventional projects that come my way.
  16. Learn from experienced designers through mentorship programs or informal relationships.
  17. Make time for professional development by enrolling in an online course or certification program.
  18. Learn to identify common cognitive biases and use proven methods to counter them in my work.
  19. Connect with the history of typography and the innovative luminaries throughout its development.
  20. Master at least one storytelling technique and apply it to my design work.