Time is essential to everyone, especially when you are a photographer. Many photographer falls into trap of never-ending-multitasking without utilizing the perfect tools to keep them on track. Things begin to get postponed or forgotten, but the workload seems to grow huge by the day. The problem is not necessarily too much work, it is the inability to properly manage the time that would best work for you.
It is everyone’s dream to go out there and get paid to do cool things like shooting a campaign. In this time, photographers pretty much do nothing but shoot and the income just flows freely. The reality could not be any further from this dream. Modern freelance or professional photographers are indeed shooting less as the market has evolved over time. Photographers are business people that offer self creative services and that is tougher to do than you could possibly think.
Here are tips on where you can start using your time wisely.
SET FIRM BUSINESS HOURS
It is easy to get really flexible with your work hours when you are self employed. Make it a point to start your work day at the same time you have worked yesterday – the earlier, the better.
When you have other priorities like your kids, your home or whatever it is, it is extremely important for you to have strict business hours. Without setting firm business hours, you risk losing work-life balance. Important relationships always require attention, so you have to make sure quality time with the people you love is a priority!
KEEP ONE DAY FOR FAMILY OR PERSONAL TIME
You have to keep at least a day for your family, better make your Sunday a free one, because you know Sunday’s are family day. So do not shoot or set meetings, it is a huge difference in your personal life. Remember you deserve a day off.
Multitasking is probably the number one thing that is really eating up you time. You are probably not aware that you are multitasking. In today’s digital world, it usually involves some sort of stimulating media. Removing distractions is the first step in focusing to a single task. Remove all your social media notification; put your phone away from your desk.
This is pretty straightforward but you will find that many creative individual are not organizing themselves in the best possible way, getting organized goes beyond writing things down in a planner.