Friends, I think I’m burnt out. Or maybe just getting lazy as the fall weather comes through. Or just a procrastinator. Either way, I’ve been slacking lately with work. Sure, I’m getting my weddings done on time for my lovely brides and grooms – that always takes top priority – but as far as the rest of my work, it’s been put on the back burner this past week. Have you noticed I’ve been MIA on the blog for a whole week? Or that my Facebook page has been a tad stale (except for Blake & Jenelle’s sneak peek!)? If not, I don’t think we can be friends…:)
On the other hand, I’ve been enjoying my personal life quite a bit. Paul and I have been taking bike rides to the lake (I ride an old-looking mint-colored cruiser – if it had a basket and bell it would be absolutely perfect), walking Rusty, going out to breakfast at the new café in town, having bonfires with friends, enjoying reruns of I Love Lucy before bed (do we sound old to you??)…I really can’t complain. But then I think about work and it’s just been a hassle to bring myself to actually work. Unfortunately we are smack in the middle of our busiest time and to be honest, there is just no time for complaining and procrastinating any further, burnt out or not. That’s the price I pay for being my own boss – I need to kick my own butt sometimes. Right now I feel like others feel during the last two weeks of school (omigoodness – new revelation. I have senioritis. That’s the word I’m looking for.) and that just doesn’t fly. We have a vacation coming up that I really don’t want to have to work through and that means I need to kick it into high gear.
When wedding season first comes around it’s an exciting time, like the first week of school (sorry for all of these school analogies but it works). After a long summer of sleeping in and doing whatever I pleased, I would be so excited to have a set routine, schedule, and of course new school supplies (doesn’t everyone get excited for fresh paper and newly sharpened pencils??). Instead of school supplies I’m designing and buying branding items, paper products, gift supplies, and creating a rigid work schedule for every day of the week in every month of wedding season. As time goes on throughout the year, however, I slowly develop that senioritis feeling, especially when the end is near (only 4 weddings left this year – can’t believe how time flies!). And when that kicks in it’s time for me to become motivated again, excited to go to work and deliver witty and well-written blog posts (let’s not kid ourselves, I’m only witty half the time…), to create wonderful photographs for my dear brides and grooms, and to get back to my solid routine and rigid schedule.
Things I Do to Stay Motivated (in any aspect of my life, really)
1. Read. Holey moley this is so important to me. A good book can change my life completely. Read this post if you don’t believe me.
2. Write. Ditto to reading. And here’s a post to prove it.
3. Research. This sounds creepy but researching other photographers helps so much. You just can’t compare yourself to others – that’s a downhill spiral. I love reading my favorite photographers’ blogs or other inspirational blogs (my cousin’s is a weekly favorite) – it reminds me why I love doing what I do. Plus you can always learn a thing or two from others.
4. Photograph. This is a no brainer. But instead of photographing things I’m getting paid for, I photograph things I love to shoot for fun (although I still love shooting weddings…you know what I mean :)). Flowers are one of my favorite things to photograph. Why not pick up a bouquet at the store and shoot away?
5. Organize. Maybe this is weird for others but for me, nothing beats the procrastinator in me than a good few hours of organizing and cleaning. I’m looking at my desk and I already see many folders and papers that need to be organized and that just gives me goosebumps all over – I love organizing.
6. Enjoy life. Another no brainer. You can’t expect to be motivated about anything if you’re not enjoying life. Walks, bonfires, and just spending time with Paul (and Rusty, of course) is the best medication for me.
7. Eat breakfast. Is this a weird one? I don’t think so. I feel absolutely wonderful when I wake up and have breakfast. I don’t work, I don’t get on my phone, and I try not to watch TV (unless it’s Lucy) during breakfast. I just soak up the morning, preparing myself for the day.
8. Get ready. This is honestly so hard for me to do. When I know I have work to do I can’t justify spending the hour and a half it takes for me to get ready in the morning. No, I’m not high maintenance. Have you seen my hair before it’s styled? It’s unbearable. And my acne makes my makeup routine take longer than the average bear’s. BUT, when I do take the time to take care of myself I feel so much better about the day and I honestly am so much more productive.
9. Unplug. Sometimes I’m guilty of checking my phone as soon as I get up. It’s an awful habit and I’m working hard to break it. I also check my phone when I’m working and that is also a habit I need to break. When I need to get in quality, productive time at work my phone needs to stay away (if you call and I don’t pick up, I’m just trying to be productive (sorry dearest mother!)). Unplugging also means getting off of social media. Facebook, you temptress. You know what you do to people when they’re just trying to get some work done.
10. Pot of tea. I couldn’t think of another one and I couldn’t leave it at 9. But then when I wrote “pot of tea” it actually makes sense. Whether it’s a pot of coffee or tea, we all need our little boost. :)
So, since it’s Monday, let’s try to stay motivated for the week, friends! Friday will be here before we know it, and that means a new wedding will be on the blog! Oh happy day!! :) xoxo
PS. I want to get more communication going on this blog – help me out, friends! Tell me something you do to stay motivated when senioritis hits you – let’s share some ideas. And be friends. :)