HOW TO STAY MOTIVATED - 6 TIPS FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS

 

Work Loads Are High And Motivation Is Low

That busy summer season is coming to a close, and with that, often comes MOUNDS OF EDITING. There are fall festivities, cozy cups of tea, and all those Netflix holiday specials calling our name, but WE MUST STAY FOCUSED.

It's hard to be motivated to work while there are beautiful hikes, perfect autumn golden hours, and all the nap-like hygge rituals giving us serious FOMO, but we’re here to help!! Here are 6 tips to stay motivated and finish up that summer editing mountain that has accumulated. FINISH STRONG, COMRADES!!!

Terrain  (Image by Mark Lee)

Terrain (Image by Mark Lee)

Get Organized.

If you have mounds of editing, it's really helpful to get organized. With several different sessions and projects, its good to schedule out deadlines for yourself. Make a list of whats on your to-do’s, and prioritize. Make a routine for yourself that goes along with the time of day you find you are most productive. Create rewards for yourself when you complete different tasks. Locate what your major time suckers are, and schedule out times in which you can participate in those, i.e. figure out when you can scroll on fb and ig and when it's less productive to do so. Take control of your schedule, and you will find that you can be more productive than you were before, and way less stressed.

If it’s your job to eat a frog, it’s best to do it first thing in the morning. And if it’s your job to eat two frogs, it’s best to eat the biggest one first.

Swallow your frog.

Mark Twain said “If it's your job to eat a frog, it's best to do it first thing in the morning. And if it's your job to eat two frogs, it's best to eat the biggest one first.”

Figure out what your biggest task is for the day, the one that maybe you have the most anxiety or stress built up over and just get it out of the way. You will find that you are way more productive after your frog has left the building.

Take Small Breaks.

Many of us work from home, and once you’re in the zone, and you’re deep in concentration, its very easy to overwork yourself. So much so that once the work is done, you’re too worn out to do the fun stuff. It’s good to take some mini-breaks, stand up and stretch every hour, or do some small household chores so that everything doesn’t pile up once your work is done. Try working in a different environment. Find a place that makes you focus more—maybe for you that’s a library or coffee shop? Or make a desk space that surrounds you with things you love.

Basecamp  (Image by Rocio Deblas)

Basecamp (Image by Rocio Deblas)

Go out to lunch.

When you are stuck at home for work, or stuck at a desk, it’s nice to go out and get some fresh air and a meal. Maybe make a little lunch and go to a park, meet up with a friend on their lunch break, or just take a breather and get out of the house for a bit— walk the dog or go workout to switch it up mid-day.

Give yourself the time to plan and shoot some creative personal work that will keep you excited about photography

Plan time for creative work.

If you are always working on client sessions, it can start to feel like you aren’t doing the work that you love to do. Give yourself the time to plan and shoot some creative personal work that will keep you excited about photography. You can break up your client projects with a little soul project that brings you the most creative joy and fulfillment, and break up the lulls that comes with the pile up of paid client work. This will cause you to reflect on why you love doing what you do, and definitely boost the motivation to continue to get paid doing it.

Terrain  (Image by Nicki Bosch)

Terrain (Image by Nicki Bosch)

Music and Podcasts.

Make that playlist! Having background music really helps with concentration and boosting your mood. Or change it up, and listen to a few podcasts—they really help the time fly by! Sometimes working at home feels isolating and uninspiring—listening to a podcast allows you to engage with different ideas and people throughout the work day even thought you’re alone at home. It broadens your mind and helps with the otherwise daily humdrum—Ever spend an entire day editing in silence, stuck in your own thoughts, and then try to interact over dinner with your family?! Listening to music and podcasts that vary in topics and genres will fuel you! We even have our very own Tribe Archipelago Podcast, hosted by Shawn, if you’re looking for inspiration!