Are you like I am and want to chat with everyone everywhere? The problem for me is that I have built a community and I feel that if I leave my various platforms, then I’m leaving my friends. I left Flickr and noticed that I only communicate with a small portion of that community on other platforms and it makes me sad. But I felt exhausted and I had a feeling I was “Platformed Overwhelmed”.
I decided to email Ashley a journal for the past couple of weeks of what I do on a daily basis. I tried to write a journal to myself but I always seemed do bail on it, but sending it to Ashley made me feel obligated, so I actually did it. I found that a lot of my time was spent on email and various social media platforms. That would be ok if my business was social media, but it’s not. Here’s what I do-
–I do my best to have a new blog post every week to inspire you to go out and use your camera.
-I put up videos every week to share the fun tools you can use during and after photographing.
–I have projects every week and deadlines for my clients and I work with my students and educate myself every week.
–I cut out time for Kevin, family and friends on the weekend, but still check my emails to see if I need to take care of something that may be an emergency.
Does this sound like you? I bet it does, maybe adding different words here and there, but I bet you’re just as busy as I am. I here it all the time…. “I’m swamped so I just don’t have time to photograph or finish the project I’m working on.”
If you have felt this way then I suggest you keep a journal like I did to see what you’re really doing with your time. If you’re like I am, your life is full and I think this is why many of my photographs are relaxing. They give me peace as I photograph and post process them. For example, the image below is flowers, which I love to photograph.
This was shot with several in focus images put together so I could have more in focus than what the camera and lens would give me. I processed it with a variety of software; Lightroom, Photoshop, Topaz and Nik. I next added a plug-in called Flood to top it off. Just a teaser here…I’ve been working on a series of these images. If you’d like to receive info on them first, since it will be a first come first serve goodie…please sign up for our newsletter below:
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Yes, I’m in the process of debating on what platforms I’m going to keep and the others will have to sit on the sidelines for a while. I’ll keep you posted here, but for now thanks to all of you who take the time to read this. I know you’re busy and I appreciate you!
So just to recap- keep a journal to see where your time is going…is it the “platform overwhelm” that’s taking too much of your time? I was shocked that this was my time problem, you may be too.
Also, if you have any time management ideas that work for you, I’d love to hear them. I can use them for sure!
Cheers to time management,
Almost forgot…here is my latest unboxing. 🙂