5 Ways to Tackle the Busy Season Like a BOSS
The sun is out, the temps are rising and things are finally turning green here in Minnesota. And if you’re a photographer like me, you know what that means. Busy season is nearly here! For many years, I had anxiety around the coming busy season because I knew what it meant…80 hour work weeks, very little rest, and virtually no social life…AT ALL. Now days, I’m proud to say, that I’ve figured out exactly how to prepare and more importantly, SPARE, my sanity during the busy times. Here are 5 essential tips here that may just save your life this season.
Realizing you can’t do it all is crucial to avoiding burnout. The one thing that has made the biggest impact on my business (and sanity) is outsourcing my retouching. A lot of photographers think that they are the only ones who can do what they do. Au contraire, my friend! Does it take time and effort to train someone in? Yes. Is it worth it? YES. Trust me, a huge burden will be lifted from you by handing off the retouching. This will allow you to free up some time to stop working IN the business and start working ON the business.
Make sure your workflows are mastered and in-place
Now is the time to workout the kinks and add new strategies to your workflow. When things start moving, they move fast and then all of a sudden you’re like omg I have a gazillion shoots and i’m so behind on editing and omg the kids need to eat and what is a shower omg. Don’t let it get to that! By making sure all of your systems are in place from the initial inquiry to the final delivery, you can trust that it’s all getting done according to the master plan.
Replace all the things
When you’re in the thick of the busiest time of year, the last thing you want to do is open up your cupboard to find you’re out of price menus or usb drives. (Been there, done that!) Now is the time to take inventory on everything you need to make sure it’s at the ready BEFORE it gets crazy. Getting these supplies can take time, especially if they’re custom, so plan ahead. It will make you look and feel that much more on top of your game.
I can’t stress enough though how important it is to make your scheduling boundaries and stick to them. No one does well working 7 days a week. Or heck, even 6 days a week! Choose which days you will take off and do your self a favor, take them! In addition, think hard about how many sessions you can handle per week both physically and mentally. If your max is 6 sessions a week, then stick to it. Pushing yourself too hard is the best way to reach the dreaded burnout FAST.
Rest and Refuel
Self care days are my favorite days. Especially during the busy season! By taking time to take care of yourself, you’ll be better equipped to take care of the rest of the biz. Even if it’s just an evening of pampering, or a nice walk in the woods. It’s amazing what a little R&R can do to recharge and refuel. If you want to know more about how to avoid stress and burnout, take a peak at my blog post devoted to it HERE.
I hope these tips help!
Love, Meghan Doll