Year-End wrap up. Who’s ready?
It’s about time for people start declaring they will drop those extra pounds next year. The time of year they decree an end to smoking addiction, food addiction, and other bad habits, cold turkey. Now’s the time folks say they will hit the gym twice a day every day until Jesus comes back. Things like that. I’m poking fun a little, sure, but to be honest there’s something to this “new year’s resolution thing”. Although I’m definitely against waiting until the end of the year to make a significant life change, opponents of the “resolution rush” must realize that you can’t REACH a a goal you have not SET. Maybe you won’t get washboard abs overnight like most Jan-Feb new gym members want… But regardless of your goal, a little consistency goes a mighty long way.
Whatever time of year you do it, everyone needs a starting point, right? Great films don’t start in the middle so neither will your journey to greatness. (Well, the movie Snatch started in the middle… And that’s one of my all-time favorites, but you get the point, right?)
There IS a little logic to starting new things at the beginning of the year -symbolism even. A year is a simple length of measurement. People look forward to the big “fresh start”; and yes, it actually does work for a lot of people.
So, am I a FAN of the “resolution rush?” Not at all. But I’m wholeheartedly a fan of getting things done. If it takes an annual cliché movement for you to do a large task… So be it, and more power to you
People love to talk about productivity options, especially since so many entrepreneurs have decided to nix the overhead of office space and work from home. Well I’m no exception when it comes to talking about this stuff. I could read about optimizing productivity all day! (and I do… on Google+ ) Let me share my top 3 things that work for me.
#3 Customize your environment – If you work from home you have the unique opportunity to post Hello Kitty on the walls if it helps you work faster. Play the movie “Office Space” in the background if it helps you get stuff done… I don’t know, go wild finding what WORKS. Let me describe my ideal work environment:
- Pandora playing (usually my Dubstep or Tycho station)
- Standing with coffee or some other refreshment
- As much natural light as possible.
- My photographic work surrounding me (on the walls) (Not in the photos below, but new stuff coming)
- a closed door.
- Wearing my Gunnars… these are gaming glasses that reduce eye fatigue and stress. Starts at about $80 and well worth it.
It’s not one size fits all. some people need silence and a soda… I don’t really drink soda, so I’m not that guy.
#2 STAND UP – Everyone knows sitting on your duff all day is bad for your body, I don’t care how expensive your captain’s office chair was, it sucks for you in the long run. We’re not created to sit in an office chair. Standing desks are all the rage right now, and they’ve been around for a while now. I’ll post some links here soon but you can easily search “Standing Desk” on Amazon and get an idea of what’s trending. You’ll notice they can be pretty expensive. Ill tell you what I do… My 2nd monitor is wall-mounted and I use a music stand for my wireless keyboard and mouse. Boom, I’m standing. Works like a charm, I absolutely love it and it’s easy to flow into the office and get something done.
Music Stand $20, Wall mount, $30 (and I’ve had it for 2-3 years now). So if you have a second monitor (Which can also be a TV with a VGA input) you get get a standing workstation set up for about $50. However you do it, get off your duff and get some work done 🙂
#1) Work when you work best – This is my absolute best tip I heard YEARS ago but sometimes can be hard to explain. Some people are night people, some are morning people, some are somewhere in between. If you work best at zero-dark-thirty WORK THEN! I’ve got a wife and two small kids, and I know I have the potential to be a productivity BEAST in the mornings. Well guess when I try to get my admin stuff done? You got it, chief… Mornings. I even have it narrowed down to what time I know my coffee will kick in. No seriously. EXCEPTION: I do my best photo editing right after the shoot, regardless of the time of day. Unless it’s a wedding, then I go the heck to sleep and edit the next day. For products and portraits, I’m best right after because the emotion and excitement is still there. Can I do it another time? Of course I can, it’s what I do… but I’ll do it faster right after the shoot.
Let’s Wrap-up… These are my current top 3. It may change from time to time but these will ALWAYS be in my top TEN. Other productivity tips include exercise, smart scheduling, useful productivity apps, limiting sugar, and more. Thanks for reading.
What’s in YOUR top 3 tips for productivity? Write a message in the comment section!
Bonus: Here’s a video of a recent session. Dude’s name is Jordan, and he’s a High School Senior. We really had some laughs… he’s a character. Seems reserved but he did some wild stuff. Check it out and feel free to comment.