I was thinking about some of the things I’m putting in my new Photography Fresh Start program (sorry, registration is closed) and I wanted to share this story with you. I think it’ll resonate with many of you.
If you’re anything like me, you’re busy – and sometimes, you’re probably even overwhelmed with all of the things that you want to do.
So how do you find the time for your photography and photo editing?
At one time, I was in this exact place with my guitar playing. I was working like crazy, traveling, and trying to relax a bit too while spending time with my family.
So I put the guitar down for a few weeks. Well… a few weeks turned into a month. A month turned in to two months. And before you know it, I was staring down almost a FULL quarter of the year having barely picked up my guitar to play and practice.
So what did I do? I was lucky enough to have found an amazing guitar teacher that really helped me through it. And surprisingly enough, it wasn’t just some cool guitar trick, or new song that helped. It was all of the other stuff like him helping me with a practice routine, or talking me through why we tend to get in a rut or confused and distracted. And (most importantly) how to work out of it with small tips and steps for practicing and motivating me.
But these small tips and tricks that he showed, when done day after day, helped me break out and get back to consistent playing again.
One thing my teacher asked me to do was to set aside 30 minutes a day for the next 5 days to practice. Each day, I woke up and figured out what time that was going to be. I wrote it down in my calendar and made an absolute promise to myself that I would do it.
From there, I picked one video from the multitude of training and videos I had, and watched it. Then I practiced what was in the video. I did that every day for 5 days, and I was back! I felt good. I felt accomplished, and I was back to moving forward with my playing.
Simple right? Like I said before… these small simple and basic things, when done day after day, can lead to huge changes.
My Challenge To You!
If you have found yourself in this spot, then my challenge to you is this. Don’t make a New Year’s Resolution. While my challenge to you does fall in the beginning of the year, this is something you can do whenever you read this article (because many of you will be reading it at other times in the year). Don’t start a 365 day project (at least not right now). And don’t overwhelm yourself with promises of what you’ll do.
Instead, pick a 30 minute time slot out of each day and practice. Whether it’s camera techniques, or photo editing. Watch a video from a training course that you purchased, or log-in to whatever website you get training from (that you probably haven’t logged into in a while) and watch a video. Then practice it. Don’t practice everything. Just that one piece of information that was in that video.
Do this for 5 days, and I bet you find you’re right back at it too. From there, the challenge will be to keep it going. Some times it’ll be easy and sometimes it won’t. And that’s totally okay. Life will get in the way again, and you will start to wander away from your practice routine but that’s ok. At least now you have a basic plan for when it happens.
If I’m Being Honest…
Truthfully, I’m in a similar place right now. The holidays and work have gotten me away from guitar playing. But ya’ know what? Now I know EXACTLY how to get back in the game.
By the way… things like this (and more) are exactly what I’m hoping to do for you in my new Photography Fresh Start program. It’s not a photography technique course. It’s not a photo editing course. It’s not about teaching you some new fancy technique that you read about that everyone is doing, or telling you that you need some new piece of gear or software. It’s about helping you see some of the things that could be holding you back, and to help you breakthrough and make this your best year of photography yet. (Sorry, registration is closed until Summer 2019)
It’s also about showing you what I’ve learned over the years to help stay motivated, creative, and energized to keep it going. I hope you’ll swing by the web page and check out the main video at the top that’ll tell you much more about it.
What About You?
One last thing… I’d love to hear things that help you get out of a rut or keep you focussed on your photography and photo editing. Or… are you not practicing and shooting as much as you’d like, and why?
Thanks! Have a good one! 🙂