Scheduling, Breaks, and Custom CMS Frameworks

What do you do when your to-do list keeps growing?  You keep going! I have been working some serious overtime the last few weeks and it has been amazing, I couldn’t be happier with my career.  Working from home is truly a blessing and being able to do what I love on a daily basis- well that is just a dream come true.

I am still working on getting my schedule down, learning how to space projects correctly so that I can focus all my attention on one at a time and give it my all, meaning I am now fully scheduled for about 6 weeks, give or take.  Be sure to get on the list now! Knowing when to take a 20 minute break to write a quick post and refresh my mind is coming in handy too!

When you are struggling with a aspect of a project- be it in design or any other field, the best thing you can do is step away- get some coffee, write a post, take a walk, etc. Then come back to it refreshed and ready to finish.   I have been known to spend over an hour on a problem- going around and around until I finally step away for a bit and come back- and almost immediately the solution is obvious- and more often that not it was something very simple!

One of my most recent projects was an especially fun one, my task was to take a one page ‘business card’ site and make it easier to edit and more professional.  I knew the easiest way to do this would be using a CMS, but wordpress and the other pre-build ones we just too bulky to justify using for a one page site with only a few areas that would need updating.   So I set out on a mission- to make a custom CMS, with only one functionality- to edit the few areas on the page when needed.  After 2 days of coding I got the result I wanted.  A simple log in followed up with text boxes to change the info in each ’section’.  The site should be live in a day or so, but here are some screenshots to give you a taste.

The new design is still a one page site, but with left side navigation, you can either choose to scroll down the site with the scroll bar, or you can click one of the navigation buttons and be taken to that section, with a sliding and fading effect.  This is based heavily on the minimo theme from theme forest,  with several key changes- i.e it is based in PHP instead of html among others.  It remains simple, easy to navigate and