Life’s all about learning and today my post is all about what I’ve learned in regards to time management. I thought I had it all figured out a long time ago… Guess not. According to wikipedia a rough definition of time management would look something like this:
“Time management is the act or process of planning and exercising conscious control over the amount of time spent on specific activities, especially to increase effectiveness, efficiency or productivity.”
The day my Living Social Deal hit the net I looked at my calendar and thought perfect! My summer is pretty open with the exception of a few weddings and a few of out of town guests visiting. I thought I would just start coordinating dates and book as many summer sessions as possible each day. After all I wanted to give the people what they wanted most! Summer photos! So when I started booking dates I hadn’t blocked off any days in my calendar for myself or for editing time. Looking at it now I can say well that was sure dumb! Looking back I was in a whirlwind and wasn’t thinking about the fact that I might NEED to schedule days off prior to opening my calendar to the world. While maxing out my time spent on working does allow me to get a lot of shoots done. It’s not necessarily the best thing for efficiency or productivity as far as getting the photos back to people. After the end of each day I had thought I would be able to come home and work on editing. However, day after day by the time the sun sets my brain shuts off. It kind of turns into a pile of mush. Mushy mush mush that zones out into it’s own little world and doesn’t have much left to offer to anyone or anything. While practice does make perfect, especially in the photography world, I find that after the first few sessions in a day I lose focus and my creativity gets tired. While I try to give 100 percent when shooting every session I can definitely tell the difference on the days where I felt absolutely burnt right out and had a foggy brain. The good news is after I realized that I totally overbooked myself for August and September I tried my best to make October a little bit better. I added a few “off” days in there to accomplish editing and maybe take a little break time. Resting once awhile is good for your mind and body.
Every time I had to say “no” to someone for a summer date or had to tell them I was all booked up, I could almost feel the hurt and disappointment in their reply.I felt as though I have to give away all my time in order to please people until I realized I had nothing left to give.I felt so bad and to be honest I felt sorry for way too many people. Especially because the high volumes of emails and calls didn’t allow for me to get back to everyone in a timely matter (still working on that). I then tried to make up for it by fitting them in :S. Now that I have have done so many photos sessions I have to say “no” your photos aren’t ready. It’s hard saying “no” to people… Especially when you really want to say yes. I like the word YES!!!! I wish I could use it all day and hear it for everything I want…. Can I win the lottery? YES! Can I go on a Caribbean vacation? YES! Can I have a personal assistant? YES! hahaha.
I decided to write this post to give you some insight on where I am at in this Journey. It’s not meant for anyone to feel sorry, angry, insulted, hurt etc. It’s just the truth and I like to put it out there. After all I like knowing what’s going on with other people. I’m sure some of you are wondering what I’ve been up to 🙂 well now you know.
Not being able to give what you want and deliver as you would on a normal time scale is really frustrating.
The good thing is I did receive my large order of discs this week and I am going to try to edit and burn as much as I can, as soon as I can…Whenever that may be. So stay tuned!
Now I must be off as I have a very busy Saturday ahead of me!!