It's the end of another year and with that brings resolutions for the new year ahead. For lots of people productivity at work holds the key to achieving many goals - nailing that promotion (and raise); attaining a more healthy work/ life balance; getting the time and space to be able to be more creative in their jobs. Here at Polychrome we have your back - our entire reason for being is to help fashion designers be more productive in their jobs with less stress and allow them to gain back the time they need to be more sane and creative.
Here’s our list of what we will be doing to exceed our goals in 2019…
Polychrome original print #IG18-007
1. Set S.M.A.R.T goals
Specific, Measurable, Actionable, Responsible and Time-bounded goals help us realize our ambitions while still nurturing a healthy work/life balance. We can help you tame your development calendar and maximize your time with our concise and targeted Trend Reports. Just like our prints, our reports are available for immediate purchase and download from our marketplace. Comprised of well-researched, and accurate predictions on trends in patterns, color, silhouettes, and details, they are a powerful tool to keep you ahead of the curve and on top of your game.
Polychrome original print #DC17-002
2. Embrace technology so we can carve out more time for creativity
We already use Asana and Google docs, but we plan on further implementing systems to work more productively with our team so we can get back to doing what we love best. We have also leveraged technology to streamline the development process for our clients by allowing them to shop for beautiful prints and trends online anytime and anywhere. The digital files are all available for use immediately saving you valuable time. No more trekking to print shows or wading through endless pages of info, our online print marketplace allows you to filter prints by trend, motif, or color, so you can find what you need easily. The prints are not only on-trend and beautiful, but also engineered to be extremely easy and quick for your team to edit. They will shave HOURS off your print development time and prove to you that technology is your friend.
Polychrome original print #YH18-092
3. Take more time for self care
Whether it’s leaving the office to stretch our legs during lunch, or making sure we get to yoga, self care needs to be a priority for all of us. We all know the ill effects of stress and inactivity, but we don’t often reflect on the positive benefits from taking even a 15-minute break. Some of our best problem solving and creative breakthroughs have been when we offer our mind a chance to explore something different than the task at hand. Don’t think of taking a walk in the park, visiting a museum, or taking the time to meditate as a guilty pleasure. Instead, remember that recharging will make you a better designer.
When we started Polychrome, we envisioned a service that would not only bring you fresh ideas and inspiration, but also a feeling of relief.
4. More collaborations are in the plan for 2019
Nothing gets creative juices flowing like synergy with your team or a common project with another creative. We will be working with more entrepreneurs and artists to grow our skills, get inspired, and stay energized throughout the year. The perspective of another can have so many positive benefits for whatever endeavor you may have ahead of you. We are super excited to work with our clients on collaborative projects such as custom prints, trend projections with your specific customer in mind, and much more. If you are interested in collaborating with us, get in touch.
Polychrome original print #YH18-086
5. Prioritize time to be inspired
This may seem redundant to self-care, and there is some overlap, but really this is so vital that it deserves to be called out as its own goal. Without allowing ourselves this necessity for our jobs, we cannot perform to our best capabilities. We will continue to go to the top exhibits, stay on top of the latest technology, and research the latest trends to keep that spark alive. What’s more, our newsletters and blog posts will keep you up to date on all that we are finding out and inspired by and give you insight on what’s to come. Sign up now to stay in the know.
Our collective strength is not only in our past experience, but also in where we want to take it.
6. Connect more with other creators and designers worldwide
Polychrome is a sponsor of the Apparel Designers Network. With chapters in Boston, NYC and LA, and over 500 members and growing, the A.D.N. supports professionals in the Fashion industry and helps them grow their networks to further their careers. By being so involved in this vibrant group, we are able to keep contributing to the design community and connecting with those who are also passionate about fashion.
Fashion has earned its reputation for being a stressful career. The endless meetings, demanding production calendars, and everyday crises due to tight turn-around times can foster an atmosphere where creativity takes a back seat. The mental space that designers require to problem solve and flourish is marginalized and inspiration can easily become suffocated, but doesn’t have to be this way. We are here to help you take steps to get more productive at work and reclaim your time.
Let us be your secret weapon to crush your goals in 2019!
sources: Refinery29 | Business of Fashion | MindTools
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