I don't know about you, but I know for me it's been tough getting back into the groove of things after the holidays are over. I personally feel like I just took a break, and the break wasn't long enough...but alas everything has to come to an end and everything has to start again. SO here we are 2012 and many of us are trying to find the groove again or heavens....adjusting the groove. Adjusting the groove is me.
So let's talk about how we can get GrOOVy!
1. Set your goals.
No it's not too late to set goals if you didn't already. It's not to late to adjust those goals...And you should always adjust your goals as your business see's fit.
2. Organize yourself.
For me this is a big one! And when I say big I mean like the entire state of California big.
Organizing means getting your calendar together, new price lists, contracts, websites, blogs....and as my friends mom says "The Twitter"....aka social media.
This for me also means cleaning out old photos.
The start of the year is when I go through my previous years photos (2011) and purge my computer of the ones that I will not use for promotional for 2012.
All client shoots have been wrapped for 2011 so I don't stress about this.
HOWEVER I do back them all up on discs and file them nicely away.
Decide for 2012 what is the most important to you to focus on...this can be in your goals too.
BUT for me it's more then that. For example I won't shoot more then 2 client shoots a week. This allows for me to have time to focus on my own work, and goals and growth.
And make sure when you prioritize that you've included some "me" time in there too.
4. Start Shooting
One big groove finder is to start shooting again. And sometimes starting the new year, unless there is a wedding or newborn not many clients are booking. This is because they had their family photos taken in the fall or before Christmas and they are not thinking about it right now. But come spring they start thinking about it again. So you might be sitting for a moment or two and all you find yourself doing is editing. So go out and shoot. Grab the neighbors kid, or dog and get to work. I'm serious! Shoot something that you want to shoot and that you can get excited about..this is sure to get your mojo going.
5. Take a Breath.
Before jumping back in for 2012 take a moment to breath and get ponder of the year ahead, where you are going and where you have been.
This may all seem like a cake walk, but let's face it sometimes it's easier said then done. So don't beat yourself up about it if you fall off track. Start again..and again and again.
YOU CAN DO IT! Now...get to work.
|To get in my groove for 2012 I grabbed my daughter after school and ran into the back yard and snapped a few. Now I'm grooving!|