A couple weeks ago I talked about How to Overcome Procrastination , and stay more productive. However, we are all human and sometimes we are not as productive as we want to be. Although, I found a more sustainable way that we can more productive without it feeling so overwhelming. The easiest way to do this is by focusing on systems more than goals. This is something that has really helped me in my personal and business life. In University, I would set many goals but I found that I didn't achieve many of them because there was no formative action plan. For instance, I wanted to get better grades so I told myself I was going to study harder, but how? What steps was I going to take to achieve this, and will it be sustainable? I began to understand that my results had little to do with the goals I set and everything to do with the systems I created to achieve my goals. Although, I still love goal setting and think its important what I have learned is that goals are good for planning progress where as systems are good for actually making progress.
What is a system?
A system is a repeatable process that allows you to focus on things you can control in order to fulfill a goal or objective. For example, losing weight is a goal, where as making a commitment to go to the gym 3 times a week is system. In one of my previous blog posts I talk about the idea of time blocking. Time blocking is a useful tool to maintain a system and it makes the process easier because you know exactly when you need to get things done. For example, scheduling the three times you want to go to the gym during the week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday). This will result in tasks seeming less overwhelming because they are broken down.
How to create a sustainable system?
In order to create a sustainable system you have focus on an output. That is an objective or action plan that sets you on the right track to achieving your goals. An output for example, if your a blogger, you can't control who subscribes to your blog but you can control the flow of posts and being consistent with them. After figuring out your output its important to create small repetitive tasks that help you stay consistent and on track. Remember the 80/20 Rule. 80% of the output/results will come from 20% of the input or action. Therefore, its the little things that count for majority of the results.
Example of a sustainable system
GOAL: Lose weight and get more toned
Output (What are you going to do?): Work out 3 times a week
Input /action (How you are going to do it?)- Work out Monday, Wednesday, Friday. Monday- Leg Day, Wednesday- Arms, Friday- abs .
Remember that the system can change as you change and grow. You can decide to break down tasks even more or you can decide to take on more. What I love about systems, is that they create positive habits. With the gym example, eventually you will be accustom to your routine and won't feel overwhelmed at all. Goals are a great way to provide direction but having a system is what matters. Committing to a process is what makes the difference.
As spring finally approaches us, I thought I would take the time to share some tips for preparing for your next photoshoot. Photo sessions can be overwhelming if you worry too much about how the photos will turn out. It can take from the experience and the fun of it. However, there are ways you can prepare for you photoshoot that will make you feel relaxed and excited for the day. Below I answer some common questions about photo sessions and some tips to make you feel at ease for your upcoming photoshoot.
2. Picking a location
If you have a special location that you and your family go to all the time, maybe consider having it as a background to your family photos. Whether its a park or your home, work with your photographer to find the perfect location. If you are unsure of where to go, ask your photographer for suggestions and google some top places for photoshoots to get an idea.
3. Communicate your vision for the shoot
At any point of time between the booking process and during the photoshoots communicate the type of photos you want, especially if you have any specifics. I always let my clients know that although i have poses and ideas planned, to let me know anytime if they have a certain picture in mind. In addition, I ask my clients if they find any photos they like online on Pinterest or Google to forward them to me so I can make sure to plan for those shots during the session.
4.Don’t worry about everyone looking at the camera all the time
Sometimes the best shots are candid ones. So feel free to laugh and talk amongst each other, because as a photographer those shots are golden. The silly and fun photos really capture families in their element. This also allows kids to feel more comfortable being in front of a camera, because they don’t notice it. As photographers, we want to capture who you guys are as a family and candid images are the best way to do this.