What to do on those “slump” days // For Photographers
Do you ever have those days where you feel like you could conquer the world if you could only get your brain to focus? Or then there are those days where you feel incapable of doing anything and your brain is simply in a fog? Yeah, me too. The life of an entrepreneur working from home in a creative field is a tough one. There is no one assigning you tasks to do like you would in a corporate job with a boss. You don’t have coworkers to brainstorm ideas with and help you figure out the tough parts of your projects. We thrive on being creative but are supposed to be able to be creative on demand.
Today I want to focus on those days where its foggy, hard to focus and you are simply feeling uninspired. What happens on those days? Sure, people assume we can just take the day off and watch Netflix all day because we run our own businesses, but, we can’t do that even more so as no one else is going to do the work for us.
So days when I feel in a slump and like I can’t get anything done are days I have certain tasks that are easier for me to do! I don’t try to write content for my blog (like this), answer those really tough emails or try to accomplish the toughest tasks. I start with something small like answering the easy emails or sending off the automated emails. My favorite thing to do though is prep image content for social media or blogs. It takes so much time to go through and pick out photos for blogging, use BlogStomp to prep them and resize them, embed metadata for SEO and get it all uploaded. Its a simple task I can do that doesn’t involve having to even write out the content! I just prep the images. I don’t try to write out the blog post content since I’m not in a creative mood to do that.
Now its your turn. What simple tasks can you set aside to do on days when you are not feeling it?
Here are a few ideas:
– Get off the computer and do that housework task that has been bugging you. That will help lighten the load in your mind of what needs to get done.
– Put your hands to work! Prep those client boxes or write some thank you cards.
– Leave the house and go grab some landscape or stock style photos for filler for your Instagram.
– Maybe its what I do and prep images for your blog.
– Go pin 30 images from your website to Pinterest.
– Make sure your images are all backed up to your hard drives.