Staying motivated while editing thousands of photos takes some work.. I've been through several busy photo seasons and I learn new motivational tricks each year.. want to hear my secrets?
I pop in those earbuds, put on some music and zone in! The kind of music depends on what mood I'm in. My current favorites are Leon Bridges (you gotta check him out!) Some classic Amy Grant, and Coldplay is always closeby in my music que.
I. love. snacks. Popcorn, frozen fruit blended with chocolate chips, ice cream (I try very hard not to make ice cream a habit.. ha!) Trail mix & string cheese are my favorites.
When my dog Marlie comes up to my desk and sits right next to me I take a minute to scratch her ears.. It's amazing what a little puppy snuggle will do to keep me motivated!
My office has a window right by my desk. When it's nice outside I like to open up the chalkboard shutters and let some fresh air in. I enjoy listening to the neighborhood sounds. When my husband Aaron is out mowing I love smelling the fresh grass too. (I give him a wave from my office too :)
MY CHEER TEAM
I have an amazing family behind me who I affectionately call my "Cheer Team." My husband is my #1 fan, right behind him are my parents, Aaron's parents, my brothers & sisters-in-law, and grandparents. They are always encouraging me to keep moving forward to accomplish my goals - and this shows in my motivation to edit. I am SO thankful for my Cheer Team!
I take breaks.. I try to keep them to around 15 minutes or so, but there are times when I'll stop and walk the dog with Aaron, or chat with him a while. It helps clear the brain and get refocused.
SO - those are my motivational tricks. What do you do keep motivated?
Puppy Snuggles! Sometimes she isn't too cooperative..
Joy Phillips has been providing a personalized, custom, post production experience for photographers for several years. She loves to give her clients beautiful photos.. and their lives back!