At the beginning of the year I invested in a session with Sophie from A Considered Life through her Content Strategy Service, she gave me a lot of stellar advice (a lot of which I'm still implementing) but one of those ideas to take some of the strain off myself was to lessen my weekly blog post output from 4 to 3 days a week. It's been a hard adjustment but welcome one as there is still a lot of balancing to do in other life aspects, I've no idea how other talented folks do it because it's a real toughie, however cutting down blog posts was actually a good thing. How do you schedule your blog posts? Are you a daily / few posts a week / whenever the mood takes you kind of creator?
Whether you're a complete amateur or a seasoned professional it never hurts to leaf through the pages of a good book that speaks to your passions, for me it's of course photography. It doesn't all have to be about the technical aspects, it can embrace creativity, business and inspirations. Here are a few of my favourite reading materials related to photography, what are yours? Any recommendations?
Something I wasn't happy with was my sporadic blog posting over the past couple of months and I could feel an impending burn out on the cusp, in not wanting that to happy I took a couple of weeks off during this March. I took 2 weeks off to re-calibrate and give myself time to catch up on planning and physically creating. What with juggling a lot of balls all at once it meant I had no time for my beloved blogging (well no time that equated to something meaningful). It was time to slow down and realign with my productivity and fit in more of what I love. How do you know it's time to slow down?
When you're a photographer, artist and creator having some reliable props you can fall back on can take away the worry and stress that can come from styling your own imagery. As your style can develop over time so can the items you constantly reach for but it's good to experiment and see what works. I tend to stick to familiar items, shapes and colours and here are my current prop loves, what are your go to items?
Of late I've been really trying to keep a curated Instagram I can get on board with, unfortunately I'm not one of those people who can't throw caution to the wind and have a completely spontaneous or random layout. So to keep things simple for myself and to build a foundation I'm happy with - here's how I do things from beginning to end in terms of posting an Instagram picture. How do you go about creating your theme?
I find Sunday's can be some of the most relaxing yet productive at the same time and in wanting to keep the good vibes going throughout the week (including the dreaded Monday blues) I try to build a rough working schedule that still give me that weekend feeling. Weekends present me with the possible biggest chunk I can dedicate to my creativity however that's without taking into account spending time with friends, family and my gent - which makes time for myself and passions limited. Here are some of the tasks that are perfect for a Sunday. Do you have a productive Sunday or do you prefer to completely unplug in preparation for the upcoming week?
As the majority of my week is spent working in an office role and the commute associated with it, the blogging part of my time has to happen at the weekend. The weekend is the time to not only relax but get away from the weekly stress and do what you love, for me my style (when left to my own devices without the hassle of going out) is not only minimal but relaxed too. Here are some of my style essentials for a weekend of blogging, what does you sartorial weekend uniform look like?
For just under a month I've been battling illness with either flu or cold it hasn't been my most attractive moment however it has meant taking things a little slower and finding new loves in old ones. Taking some time away (even if reluctantly) can give a much needed release from constantly working away doing your best busy bee impression. Here are some of my current lifestyle loves that have been giving me real joy, what have you been enjoying of late
As any creative you can amass a lot of imagery and a bad habit a lot of us share (including myself) is to let them sit in our hard drives without any further use. As a photographer there are GBs worth of older work and whilst a big chunk could be filed away into the recycling bin but there's some successes you can sing about in various forms. Showcasing your work can not only can give you a mental high-five for a job well done but in some cases push you out there to a bigger audience.Here are a few ideas to give your work more of a center stage, how do you get more out of your imagery?
If you run a blog or any online space then you'll have your own way of doing things, including what you class as necessities that you can't be without when working and what you don't, all of which can change in an instant. Personally, I like to keep some elements in my routine as it means they aren't solely rooted in the online arena plus not being technology related will add more variety and can give you a break for your health. Here are a few of my much needed essentials that don't need the interference of technology, what are your blog & business fundamental items that you need for productivity?