I have figured out the most amazing secret to get on top of your editing. Are you ready for it??
Yup, that’s it!
Buy yourself a little timer and place it by your computer. Set it for 10 minutes. You CAN NOT check your email, facebook, twitter, or pinterest account during that ten minutes. Open up your editing program and get busy. When the timer goes off you can get up and walk away. However, if you are in a groove then keep going.
Here’s why it works:
When you get really behind on your editing it is so overwhelming that you know you don’t have the time to edit all the images. Therefore, you edit nothing! Instead, tell yourself that you only need 10 minutes a day. You know you can find 10 minutes. Maybe that means waking up 10 minutes before the kids, during nap time or after everyone goes to bed.
No matter what type of mood you are in and don’t feel like editing, if you tell yourself, it’s just for 10 minutes you are more likely to do it. Give yourself permission to edit as much as you can in those 10 minutes and then walk away!! This is why a timer is important. You don’t need to waste time watching the clock. Just go-go-go until it dings.
If you have time after the timer dings export those photos to flickr, smugmug, facebook, or your blog. This way they are there waiting for you when you have the time to do something with them.
I started using this technique a couple of weeks ago and I have edited a TON of images! I still have lots to go. I used to be really good at keeping up with my images but I have fallen behind. In the first week I edited a whole month of photos! Wow! Can I tell you how much my mom appreciated that :O) She finally got to see those grandbabies of hers.
There would be days where it was 9:30pm and I was tired and hadn’t edited yet. I knew I only had to do it for 10 minutes and so I did. Some days I quit after 10 minutes other days I kept going for 20 or 30 minutes depending on my mood.
Do you want to join me in my daily 10 minutes of editing?? What do you do to stay on top of your editing?