Darlene, from Buffalo, NY writes:
“I know there are some photographers working right now in different parts of the country, but not me. When this whole Covid-19 thing started, I thought that I would use this unexpected free time to my advantage by knocking things off my to-do list in my business. Instead, I’m doing other things like playing with my kids and reading rather than worrying about my list. I’m just wondering if others are feeling this way or if I’m wasting an opportunity to catch-up and get ahead of the game.”
It’s a very interesting thing that you’re bringing to light, Darlene, and I’ll be curious to hear what others in our community have to say about it. Personally, I totally understand what you’re going through and for what it’s worth to you, I don’t think you’re wasting an opportunity. In fact, it sounds to me like you’re taking advantage of an opportunity! I don’t want to sound preachy but at the end of the day, one of the positive things that I think we all hope is going to come out of this pandemic is that a great mass of people will stop their obsession with to-do lists and focus more attention on trying to find some meaning in all of this turmoil and loss that we’ve all been feeling. I think on some level, Darlene, you know that your to-do list is probably never going to be completed--and given that you have some unexpected time with your kids who are at home from school, maybe now is not the time to focus on that to-do list. For you, there's probably more meaning (and value) in spending time with them, so take advantage of it!
I also think this same principle of looking for what’s most important can be applied to your photography business. What are the things in your craft/business that you’ve been giving too much attention or have been worrying too much about? What would be easiest to let go of? Perhaps, the best way to answer this question is to take the mental energy that you’d use to come up with “to-do” lists and instead, use it to develop a “to-don’t” list. Anyway Darlene, I've been feeling exactly the same way you’ve been feeling. I’m trying to fight my workaholic tendencies and instead, I’m trying to be more “present” in my day-to-day life.
I know this hasn’t been the typical PFRE blogpost but I hope it’s been of value, anyway. If so, what are the things you’re going to do differently in your photography business, when you get back to work?