Work Smart, Live Healthy

Work Smart, Live Healthy

Web design is more than a job. It’s a passion. However, keeping up with the immense pace at which the web industry is moving can feel quite intimidating at times and stress or even a burnout can strike all of us someday. With this eBook, we want to raise awareness for those aspects of the web industry which are not frequently talked about. It’s not about frameworks, code or scripts for a change — today it’s about you.


This eBook focuses on practical tips and strategies to foster a balanced lifestyle, but we also want to take those moments into account when things get tougher as usual by addressing a topic which is still often a taboo: mental health. Consider this eBook as a permission to let go a little, to step away from the web from time to time, so that you can tackle the job you love with more energy and provide more room for fresh ideas. Even if you may feel like everything is going smoothly for you (which is fantastic!), there are still a good number of valuable eye-openers in here which will prove to be useful to everyone who is a part of this fast-moving industry.


  • Maximize Your Creative Energy
    by Ann Holm
  • Feeling Stuck? Design What You Don’t Know
    by Alexander Charchar
  • Be A Better Designer By Eating An Elephant
    by Alexander Charchar
  • Dealing With Workaholism On Web Teams
    by Yiannis Konstantakopoulos
  • When 24/7/365 Fails: Turning Off Work On Weekends
    by Robert Bowen
  • Fostering Healthy Non-Professional Relationships
    by Jeremy Girard
  • You Are Not A Machine. You Are Not Alone.
    by Paul Boag
  • Let’s Talk About It
    by Christopher Murphy

Technical Information

  • Formats: PDF, EPUB, Kindle (DRM-free)
  • Pages: 101
  • Language: English
  • Released: December 2014
  • Publisher: Smashing Magazine GmbH
  • ISBN (PDF): 978-3-945749-08-1
  • ISBN (EPUB): 978-3-945749-06-7
  • ISBN (KINDLE): 978-3-945749-07-4

Excerpt From Chapter 5

When 24/7/365 Fails: Turning Off Work On Weekends — by Robert Bowen

The Web has continued evolving since its inception, as have those who have devoted their professional lives to working in and around this massive communication tool. We have had to roll with the changes, and like with any major environmental shifts, we have had to adapt. During this shifting of our online existences, something quite interesting happened... interesting in a somewhat frustrating manner. The expectations of the client base, our colleagues and even our friends have risen to new, unreasonable heights.

Excerpt From Chapter 6

Fostering Healthy Non-Professional Relationships — by Jeremy Girard

As Web designers and developers, we invest a lot of time and effort in nurturing professional relationships, including those with clients, prospective clients, coworkers, peers and others in the industry. Unfortunately, while many Web professionals work hard to make these work-related relationships as strong as possible, they often neglect their non-professional relationships, including those with family and friends and even with themselves and their own health and well-being. […]

In this article, I will offer some of the ways that I have found helpful in my own life and career to foster healthy non-professional relationships and personal well-being.

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