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Become a Professional Designer in a Few Minutes With Canva

Become a Professional Designer in a Few Minutes With Canva

No matter what jobs you do, a project will involve one or more of design-related tasks such as editing photos, creating special presentation slides, creating posters, wallpapers and unique imagery.

If you’re not a designer, you have a few basic options:

  1. Hire one. It can be expensive; the average freelance designer rate is about $75-$150/hour now.[1]
  2. Use tools like Photoshop or InDesign yourself. It’s often complicated and can take many steps to achieve something relatively basic.

In both situations, time, effort, money are expanded.

What if there was a simpler way?

There is, and it’s called Canva

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Canva has about 10 million active users. Their basic value proposition is that you can create professional and great designs from scratch in a few minutes. There are default templates to guide you, but customization is also available. It’s all relatively simple and very intuitive, which makes it highly valuable.

I’m going to highlight a few features that will be most useful for your everyday work.

Design Grids

Choose from a number of design grids to create creative layout. All you need to do is drag and drop the images to fill the boxes in the grids.

    Photo Editing

    From adjusting a photo’s size, to enhancing a photo, to add special effects to it, you can edit any photo easily with a few clicks. Read more about how to make use of all the photo editing features here.

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      Narrative for Any Photo

      Easily customize your message with different font, style and color and insert it in anywhere of a photo.

        Create Graphs

        Create stunning graphs to go with your reports, presentations and infographics. You can customize the colors and fonts of the graphs to make them engaging for your audience.

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          Design a Presentation

          With an access to hundreds of beautifully designed layouts, you can create presentations on any topic. All you need to do is choose the right images, fonts and colors to make your presentation inspiring.

            Create a Poster

            You can choose from 1 million+ stock images as baselines, add dozens of potential filters, and live-edit the text. The result is a professional outcome at a significantly-reduced cost.

              Create Your Professional Design in Minutes

              Design skills throughout history have been in the hands of the few, which makes them highly-coveted, well-compensated specialists. That’s still true, but if your organization can’t afford great design at present, or you’re in a start-up/scaling phase, Canva is a great resource to experiment with logos, branding, and design.

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              The Webby Awards actually called Canva

              “the easiest to use design program in the world.”

              What are you waiting for? Visit Canva and start to create your own professional design in minutes.

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              Last Updated on May 24, 2019

              How to Be Productive at Home and Make Every Day a Productive Day

              How to Be Productive at Home and Make Every Day a Productive Day

              If you’ve ever wondered how to be productive at home or how you could possibly have a more productive day, look no further.

              Below you’ll find six easy tips that will help you make the most out of your time:

              1. Create a Good Morning Routine

              One of the best ways to start your day is to get up early and eat a healthy breakfast.

              CEOs and other successful people have similar morning routines, which include exercising and quickly scanning their inboxes to find the most urgent tasks.[1]

              You can also try writing first thing in the morning to warm up your brain[2] (750 words will help with that). But no matter what you choose to do, remember to create good morning habits so that you can have a more productive day.

              If you aren’t sure how to make morning routine work for you, this guide will help you:

              The Ultimate Morning Routine to Make You Happy And Productive All Day

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              2. Prioritize

              Sometimes we can’t have a productive day because we just don’t know where to start. When that’s the case, the most simple solution is to list everything you need to get accomplished, then prioritize these tasks based on importance and urgency.

              Week Plan is a simple web app that will help you prioritize your week using the Covey time management grid. Here’s an example of it:[3]

                If you get the most pressing and important items done first, you will be able to be more productive while keeping stress levels down.

                Lifehack’s CEO, Leon, also has great advice on how to prioritize. Take a look at this article to learn more about it:

                How to Prioritize Right in 10 Minutes and Work 10X Faster

                3. Focus on One Thing at a Time

                One of the biggest killers of productivity is distractions. Whether it be noise or thoughts or games, distractions are a barrier to any productive day. That’s why it’s important to know where and when you work best.

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                Need a little background noise to keep you on track? Try working in a coffee shop.

                Can’t stand to hear even the ticking of a clock while writing? Go to a library and put in your headphones.

                Don’t be afraid to utilize technology to make the best of your time. Sites like [email protected] and Simply Noise can help keep you focused and productive all day long.

                And here’s some great apps to help you focus: 10 Online Apps for Better Focus

                4. Take Breaks

                Focusing, however, can drain a lot of energy and too much of it at once can quickly turn your productive day unproductive.

                To reduce mental fatigue while staying on task, try using the Pomodoro Technique. It requires working on a task for 25 minutes, then taking a short break before another 25 minute session.

                After four “pomodoro sessions,” be sure to take a longer break to rest and reflect.

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                I like to work in 25 and 5 minute increments, but you should find out what works best for you.

                5. Manage Your Time Effectively

                A learning strategies consultant once told me that there is no such thing as free time, only unstructured time.

                How do you know when exactly you have free time?

                By using the RescueTime app, you can see when you have free time, when you are productive, and when you actually waste time.

                With this data, you can better plan out your day and keep yourself on track.

                Moreover, you can increase the quality of low-intensity time. For example, reading the news while exercising or listening to meeting notes while cooking. Many of the mundane tasks we routinely accomplish can be paired with other tasks that lead to an overall more productive day.

                A bonus tip, even your real free time can be used productively, find out how:

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                20 Productive Ways to Use Your Free Time

                6. Celebrate and Reflect

                No matter how you execute a productive day, make sure to take time and celebrate what you’ve accomplished. It’s important to reward yourself so that you can continue doing great work. Plus, a reward system is an incredible motivator.

                Additionally, you should reflect on your day in order to find out what worked and what didn’t. Reflection not only increases future productivity, but also gives your brain time to decompress and de-stress.

                Try these 10 questions for daily self reflection.

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