• Sridhar Rajendran

Day 30 — End of my journey

Updated: Aug 23, 2018

My quest to become a UX designer ends, while a whole new journey awaits.

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Yay! Final day of my 30 day blogging challenge. This is the first time I have blogged regularly — EVER. I did miss one day but it was a Sunday, so I guess it does not count. 😊 I never thought I could do it — 9 hours at office, 2.5 hours of commute plus staying alive and somehow I was able to carve out half an hour each day before sleep to write. Some days when I was tired and dozed off, I woke up early and wrote an article before heading to work.

During my college days I dreamed of becoming an author with a sombre portrait picture slapped on my book. I didn’t know what I wanted to write. I would write 1–2 articles on a topic, lose interest and delete the blog. But now I have found my voice. I like to write about UX design and my experiences as a designer.

Some of the things I have learnt from this month long experiment:

  • Writing is tough. Some days I had no idea what to write. I gave up after a couple of minutes and slept. When I woke up the next day, the words would flow.

  • Writing is easy. When you set a schedule and stick to it, the mind adapts. When the clock ticks, (mostly) I get into the writing mode. I no longer wait for inspiration.

Get your ass in front of the laptop and then inspiration will happen.
  • Doership is tiring. I have written earlier how managing a full time job and learning UX took a toll on my health. But during the last 30 days, my health actually improved. I stopped worry about imaginary fears because I had no time to waste. I learnt to get better results in half hour of workout instead of my usual one-hour slow, relaxing yoga session. I do miss my yoga though! I feel exhausted and tired at the end of the day but sleep quite well reminiscing about a job well done. I wake up with a purpose. The difference between my past and now is — I let go of the doership. I had no goals or metrics such as number of likes, reads, etc. My only metric was writing 500 words each day. Simple. Most of my posts got only single digit pageviews but there are 1–2 regular readers who came back each day. And some even reached out to me on LinkedIn/Twitter. If I could touch even one person’s life, that was enough for me.

Now that I am officially a UX designer, I feel my journey is complete. Nobody is self-made. We all support each other directly/indirectly. I am thankful for all the mentors, well-wishers, family and friends who kept me motivated through the tough times and listened to me when I complained how unfair life is 🙏.

I look forward to my next journey where the UX train would take me 😊.