Thanks so much for stopping by. Before you get any further, I wanted to give a little background to this blog o’ mine. Here’s the deal - I consider myself a storyteller. To me, photography is the art of documenting people’s lives, the big moments and the little details!!!
Pretty images are GREAT and all, but sometimes you want more than just a glimpse. That’s what these digital pages are for!! So if you’re the type that’s looking for the full scoop, read on my friend. Who knows… maybe your story will end up here next!!!
Tips for avoiding burnout
We’re living in a post-pandemic world and I don’t know about you, but I’m navigating the busiest season I’ve ever seen in my photography career!! Now feels like the right time to talk about the elephant in the room… burnout.
If you’re a creator of any kind, whether you’re a fellow photographer, an entrepreneur or an influencer, you know the pressure. We’re pumping out more work than ever, trying to create consistently while dancing on the brink of exhaustion.
THE BURNOUT IS REAL.
Today I want to talk about some solutions to staying sane through this crazy season!! Read on for my top five tips!
1. Learn to say ‘no’. Have an honest conversion with yourself about how much work you can handle, while still living your life. It’s tempting to agree to every amazing opportunity that comes your way, trust me I’ve been there!! But overcommitting only hurts us in the long run.
2. Outsource. I’m a HUGE fan of outsourcing!! Paying someone help around the house, budgeting for meal delivery kits, or hiring a virtual assistant are amazing places to start! These days I outsource so many aspects of my biz, from shooting weddings to social media management, from editing galleries to client gifts, and much more!!
3. Plan ahead. Batching is my literal savior!! I like to batch my work into categories like writing IG captions and blog posts, answering client emails, shooting + editing, and building wedding timelines. By focusing on my tasks as blocks, I can get into a flow that saves time and produces my best work!
4. Better time management. Between smartphones and wifi, it’s easy to be available + connected all the time. A great place to start with time management is setting office hours. These boundaries are crucial to the healthy balance between life and work. Office hours make me more productive when I’m working, and more unplugged when I’m resting!
5. Lean on a friend. There is nothing more difficult than facing challenges alone. Whatever stage you’re at on your journey, we can all benefit from a like-minded friend to share the ups and downs with. I’m so thankful for my relationships with other photographers + vendors that understand the roller coaster of this career! They help me celebrate my wins, and they’re there to encourage me when I’m down.
Friends, I hope these steps will help you stay inspired + consistent, even in your busiest seasons!! I’d love for you to comment below and share your best tips for avoiding burnout!