Lately I’ve written quite a few posts about being stressed out and overwhelmed. Even though I’ve still been extremely busy, I’ve made sure for the survival of my business to find out exactly how I can be better in the coming year. It didn’t take long for me to realize one of the main reasons I was burnt out is that I had lost my inspiration. Before this wedding season my business was much smaller, and every morning over coffee the first thing I did before I started my official work day was read various articles and tutorials about photography. I would start my day with a zest for life inspired by my peers and motivated by what I might become someday. This ritual was the first thing to go when my business began growing larger, in order to keep my fast turnaround I cut out personal time. I realize now that this was a big mistake and have began preparing my clients to accept turnaround time of one or two days longer. Looking back, that tiny change and turnaround time doesn’t mean much to the client but it makes a world of difference to me. Once again I’ve begun starting my day being inspired- this change alone has lit a little fire inside of me that makes me eager to do my job better and better.
Here are few tips and tricks for those of you who are looking to find your inspiration:
1. What is your favorite part of being in business? For me my favorite part is thinking. I love coming up with new ideas that make my business run more efficiently. This is one of the things that I do in the morning while reading. Cutting that out of the day left me starved for the ideas, and creativity that nurtured me as an artist, and overwhelmed me with more of the menial tasks that I have to do. Take a few moments to find the task or tasks that make you absolutely the happiest and find more time in your schedule to enjoy those. Maybe you can find a way to do the less fun tasks more efficiently or even out-source them.
2. Try New things! Experiment, see what is working and what is not working. I recently got a new software that help me consolidate 4 days worth of computer work into just 4 hours, this was a real game changer for me I can’t believe that I didn’t make the time to try it sooner.
3. Take time to be quiet. I’ve also blogged many times about my love for nature. Being an introverted person I am at my absolute best when I am isolated and alone with my thoughts. Taking time for just quiet allows creative thoughts and inspiration to flow. Since we are all so busy and may not have the luxury of quiet everyday I sometimes take my quiet time and my workout time together.
4. Turn your ringer off. We are on call 24 /7. All the time waiting for the next ding or ring of the cell phone, the next text, the next email, the next comment on Facebook is always just a second away. There scientific studies that show the ping from our cell phones actually increase stress and anxiety. Nothing zaps creativity and motivation like anxiety and stress. Free your mind during your off hours by going sans- cell.
5. What inspires you? For me it is fashion and specifically fashion photography. Follow some boards on Pinterest, read a book create a notebook, or inspiration collage Watch a documentary- find what does it for you and surround yourself with the things you love.