There are good habits, there are bad habits and there are just plain strange habits. And then there are working habits, which can be a combination of any of the above. Digit explores the seven top productivity-enhancing habits of some highly successful designers.

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It’s easy to sneer at self-help books (fun, too) but let’s face it, there are times in everyone’s lives when a little advice is needed, no matter where it comes from. Published in 1990, Stephen R. Covey’s self-help classic <i>The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People</i> has become a publishing phenomenon. 
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Loaded with jargon and managementspeak, the book has nevertheless proven inspirational for millions of people around the world – including not a few opportunistic authors of self-help books. 
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Sneering aside, self-help books package good, occasionally obvious, advice in a popular format that is accessible to a very wide audience. Sounds a bit like design, doesn’t it? 
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Inspired by Covey’s book, we’ve turned the self-help focus to the world of design. So, let’s get proactive and synergize our way to an abundance mentality. Or something. 
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<h2>Seven ways to win</h2>
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In design, good habits break down into two basic categories: straight-up practical, businesslike ones that are obviously helpful, and slightly obscure, more abstract ones that may seem pointless at first, but will probably help even more in the long term. Here we have a mixture of the two, suggested by a bevy of heavyweight designers. 
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1. Get sketching
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