4. Manage Your Mental Health
Roos sets clear boundaries for herself and her staff while still letting clients know when she’s available. “Instead of saying, ‘No, we cannot take on your project,’ you can say, ‘Yes, we would love to work with you, we have openings in September, etc.,’” she says. “By setting boundaries, we know when we are available, so if the timing works or the client is willing to wait, we will be ready.”
Managing mental health is important for any busy designer. “you need to protect your headspace,” Roos says, “because you really could get swept away in all of the details.”
To foster a healthy working environment, Ross promotes flexibility. “We have a company that allows the flexibility to go to a doctor’s appointment or pick up your kid early because they are sick,” she says. “We are aiming to be effective at work while maintaining a healthy work-life balance. Everybody’s got stuff going on, and we do work hard, but we also value our personal lives and our families.”
In the same way as she strives to balance beauty and function in the spaces she designs, Roos works to balance hard work and rest. And with a happy staff and effective design tools to make that hard work a little easier, she manages to do both with equal success.