I feel so lucky to work from home; I really do. Being a full time photographer has been my “dream job” for so long and it is an absolute blast. That being said, it is a LOT of hard work!
When you are your own boss it can get tricky to stay on task and be productive. It is easier to procrastinate when you don’t have someone looking over your shoulder or telling you what to do. I happen to be pretty messy, clumsy and unorganized by nature. In high school it was always so hard for me to get my online classes done because there weren’t very strict guidelines and I could go at my own pace. I learned the hard way (unfortunately) that you just cannot be unorganized when it comes to your business.
Here are some things that have helped me to optimize productivity:
- going to bed earlier, waking up earlier. this was hard for me because as a photographer i usually don’t have shoots until the evening. so it seemed like there was really no reason to get up early. but, i have found that when i get up earlier i feel so much better and get way more done.
- not your bed!! i was in a horrible habit of waking up, grabbing my laptop and starting to edit/answer emails in bed. this would sometimes go on until late afternoon and i would realize that even though i got stuff done, i was still in my pajamas and i just felt gross.
- when i wake up, get ready and then start working i feel so much more productive
- PLAN YOUR WORK-WORK YOUR PLAN:
- every night before I go to bed, I make a checklist of things I am going to complete the next day. whether it is editing a shoot or two, answering certain emails, or putting together a mood board for an upcoming project.
- i try really hard to complete one thing at a time and check it off then move on to the next, rather than working on a bunch of projects at once.
- checklists have been CRUCIAL for me. something about writing down your goals for the day and then physically checking them off feels really good. i don’t always complete everything on my list. and if i don’t, i just move the things i didn't complete to the next day’s list.
- take things step by step. sometimes, I will have such a huge workload and my checklist seems like it is 5 miles long. being a person that gets overwhelmed easily, I usually just evaluate what five things are most important at that moment and focus on checking those off. Then if I get those things done, I will move on to the other items.
- MAKE DEADLINES FOR YOURSELF: