Photography and time management, for many of us, may seem like an oxymoron. But time management is just as important in our photography business as it is in other business. In fact, it’s probably even more important because we can easily get diverted away from our work with distractions such as Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, emails, etc.
In this episode of PhotoPro, Kevin Kubota talks about some great tips that can help us maximize our productivity so we can get more done in less time.
Here are a couple of tips that Kevin mentions:
Find out when your golden hours are. This is the time when you’re the most active and creative, and when you should be when you’re brainstorming, generating ideas, and shooting. use your non-golden hours for Social, email, Facebook, etc.
Write down everything you need to remember, not just a to do list. We get information overload very easily in today’s world. This is particularly important for creative ideas.
Remove or silence some of the things to stay in focus is to remove distractions out of your work time. Things like e-mail notification bubble, Facebook pings, etc, can make you lose focus, especially since they can snap you out of your creative train of thought.
Outsource when necesssary. Things like accounting, book making, etc. where we may not be experts anyways, should be outsourced so you can spend more time in the more important things, like the creative aspect. I do outsource retouching if I have to.Also, having an assistant to work with you helps you both keep each other more accountable. If you’re doing everything by yourself, it’s not always as easy to keep yourself accountable.
Keep track of your time. How much do you spend on Social media? On your business? Marketing? Shooting? Retouching?
And the best tip:
Reward yourself! As Kevin said, creative people love fun stuff. Motivate yourself with awesome rewards!
Joe is a rising fashion and commercial photographer based in Los Angeles, CA. He blends creativity and edge with a strong style of lighting and emotion in his photographs. Be sure to check out his work at www.fotosiamo.com and connect with him on Google Plus and on Facebook
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