This post started because of one Snapchat!! We were away at the Connect Marriage Retreat and we had just shot a wedding the day before and since I blog weddings on the Tuesday morning after the wedding, I had A LOT of work to get down while we were traveling. We flew out on Sunday and as soon as we arrived at the conference center, we had other responsibilities and I knew that if I didn’t gradually get my work done, I would be staying up until 3am on Monday night trying to finish this blog post!!
After almost 8 years of blogging, I have found a trick to getting my posts done… and really, this trick applies to ANYTHING!! You see, Michael and I don’t have a lot of “office hours”. We’re on the move A LOT. I honestly think that I have worked on my laptop more in the car than I EVER have in my actual office. That’s just the way our life is. So, I have had to learn how to get A LOT of stuff done in a short amount of time. I’ve also had to learn that a 10-15 minute window of time should NEVER be wasted. When I have just a few minutes here and there…. I get work done. It’s these mini-work sessions that allowed me to be present at the Connect Retreat and NOT stay up until 3am working. Let me give you another example of what this looks like….
Later that same week, we went to Miami and met two other couples for a little trip. When we got there, they were walking back from the beach and we decided to take 45mins to go to our rooms and freshen up before dinner. Well, I didn’t need to shower or anything and so I used 45 mins of that time for work. Can I tell you what I got done in that 45 minutes?! …. It’s going to blow your mind!! In that one 45 min window, I did the following:
– Edited an engagement session
– Exported and starting uploading that session to Pass gallery
– Responded to 10 Urgent emails
– Pre-Blogged one day for the coming week
I know that sounds like a crazy amount of stuff to get done in such a short period of time but here’s what I realized….. I was working SO HARD and SO FAST because I knew that I didn’t have much time AND I knew that once we got on the cruise ship, my internet access and work time would disappear. So I had motivation, a small window of time and a vision of how amazing it would feel to just get those things DONE!! When our friends met back up for dinner that night, I told them how quickly I had conquerored those multiple tasks and my friend Jill said…. “You should blog about it… and call it… “The Urgency Workflow”! And so that’s exactly what I’m doing! So what is….
The Urgency Workflow?
It’s working AS FAST AS POSSIBLE in incredibly SMALL CHUNKS OF TIME! So often we think that we need to wait until we have a two hour car ride to take our laptop in the car. Other times we think that we can’t start tackling emails until we have official “desk time” for at least 30 minutes. What is really happening is that we’re procrastinating and using the excuse that we can only get stuff done if we have a certain amount of time and that’s just not true!!
When I prepare a wedding blog post, I divide my blog creation process into sections. Culling, Sorting into sub-folders, selecting blog favs, editing blog favs in each sub-folder in Lightroom, exporting, blog stomping, writing the copy, creating social media headlines, etc… etc… etc. It takes me 15-20 minutes to do some of these! It also takes me about 15 mins to select the images for the blog. It takes me another 5 minutes to export them and drag them into BlogStomp….. do you see where I’m going with this?? If you can BREAK DOWN your tasks and then choose one at a time to do quickly whenever you have a small window of time, you will actually be creating LARGER chunks of FREE TIME to enjoy later.
Keep the end goal in mind when you’re choosing the urgency workflow because you have to see the bigger picture. For example, when I took 15 minutes sitting in the airport before our flight boarded and then worked for 15-20 mins during the cab ride to our hotel… I was thinking about how awesome it was going to be to not have to do ANY work for 4 whole days! Those incremental work sessions were filled with urgency and that’s why I was able to get so much done! Now, I’m not telling you to work during EVERY WAKING MOMENT…. but I am encouraging you to not let those small chunks of time fall through the cracks!! They could actually be the missing piece of the productivity puzzle!! This is definitely one of my secrets to productivity and I’m so excited to see others start to crank out things just simply by working in limited, small chunks of time to increase urgency!!
I’m so excited to share this final 2020 Wedding with you all!! It’s a special one! We photographed this beautiful wedding day on our own 10 year anniversary! Ten years ago on this day, we were celebrating in my parent’s backyard under a massive white tent too! This was my brother-in-law’s baby sister’s wedding day and celebrating with the Malizia family was such a treat! They are a family MADE for weddings!
Well, I realize this isn’t normal for KJ! I don’t shoot portraits these days but this session was my first non-wedding shoot with my new Canon R6 and I’m obsessed with how these images turned out! It was the most perfect evening for this early fall shoot and the light was incredible!
I’m so excited to share another addition of Student Spotlights from our KJ Education community! It’s so funny to us, but quite often, we find that our friends who know us in everyday life but aren’t in our industry really have no clue what we do! They think we shoot 10 weddings a year and that’s the extent of our work these days but oh… that couldn’t be further from the truth!
When we first decide if we’re a good fit with our potential KJ Couples, we’re looking for a few things…. one of those things is that this couple keeps joyful! We’ve found over the years that couples what take themselves super seriously aren’t always the best fit for us! We love it when couples let their guard down and allow us to get to know them during their engagement session.
For some photographers, bridal details seem like a fun part of the wedding day… but for many others, it’s stressful. It’s the part of the day that throws them off, makes them wonder if they’re actually artistic and leaves them feeling flustered and panicked because they never get everything done in the time they have allotted for detail shooting. In my opinion, this is a REALLY tough way to start a wedding day.
Oh, this wedding day!! What a beautiful Texan dream! I met Melanie when she attended one of our workshops years ago in our home. She had the sweetest spirit and such a kindness about her. I remember loving how she made personal marketing her own and did headshots in a pile of Skinny Pop!! I loved her creativity and her ability to envision what she wanted in her brand.