Tracy works with some nice people – we get together every year for a “Super Bowl” gathering.  It’s not so much about the Super Bowl (because this year, we frankly had no interest in either participant) as it is about getting together.  It’s a set of three couples (two with kids), so six of us gather in the living room and socialize, talk, consume various beverages, and the like.

Socializing is a good thing – we are social creatures, and this is even more true with photographers.  You need to be able to communicate and engage with others.  Even if you are a still life artist, or a landscape buff, eventually, the goal isn’t just to take the shot (or make the shot if you prefer), it’s also to share it with others, and you can’t do that without engaging others.

It’s sometimes seen as an obligation to “get together”.  Our grocery bill this week was certainly painful ($164 of ouch).  And we also had some things to do to get the house ready to entertain.  But, herein lies another benefit of company – getting you off your duff.  The office upstairs had been getting more and more cluttered with “projects” that I have been meaning to get to.  The problem is that projects started to pile on top of each other.  It had gotten to the point that I didn’t know where any project began and another ended.  So, the company forced me to clean!

The Office

I know, it’s not the best photographic image, as that was not the intent today – totally a throw away hand held, with very high noise, and probably off white balance, blurred, etc.  But the office is now in a much cleaner space!  I am finding new creative inspiration for things so much more easily now that the clutter is gone.  As the old saying goes, “a cluttered space is the sign of a cluttered mind.”  While the corollary is true about an empty desk, a happy medium exists there, and for some reason, after cleaning and organizing things up…the “projects” that I had in the hopper seem less important or meaningful now.

So, new ideas that are likely better ones are starting to form!  A long-awaited prequel to the DIY Legal kit is forthcoming very soon, as a few other nuggets (think books, contests, and more!)  For now, the suggestion of the week is to regularly clean, organize, and prioritize.  My rule for a lot was “if I’ve not touched it in 6 months, what are the odds I’ll do it ever?”.  If the numbers stacked against me doing it, the project got tossed!

What are your rules for cleaning, organization, and prioritization?  As photogs, we can always use suggestions from every corner, so sound off with your own tips and ideas!  Until next time…

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  1. At the Association of Personal Photo Organizers, we teach a process called the ABCs of Photo Organization to help people organize their photo collections. Photos can be broken down into 3 groupings: Those that belong in an album because they also tell a story; those that should be preserved in a box; and those that we can simply throw away. We also encourage people to use themes to organize a lifetime of photos. In today’s digital world, we take so many more pictures than we did in our film days, and we also tend to have boxes and boxes of printed photos, memorabilia, and old home movies as well! Photo organizing can be an overwhelming task, but the most important thing is to simply set aside some time and use a system that works for you.

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