In your business, you have plenty of responsibilities on your plate. When the tasks on your list begin to pile, it becomes slightly overwhelming to decide which you should work on first (or how to prioritize your time). As a photography editing service, ShootDotEdit helps wedding photographers streamline their business by taking post production off their plate. We reached out to them to discover ways to accomplish more in less time to stay on track with your tasks.
Business bottlenecks are something many photographers deal with and are often tasks that take you too much time to accomplish. These tasks can range from wedding photo editing, to album design, to blogging, to email tasks, and more. What can you do to gain control of your workflow, eliminate bottlenecks, and maximize your time and productivity? In a past Online Training with us, Bryan Caporicci of Sprouting Photographer shared his tips to speed up your workflow. Here are the 7 business tricks you can implement into your business today.
1. Write Down Your Tasks
As a photography business owner, you have various tasks that require your attention. To find out how to organize your time, eliminate bottlenecks, and speed up your workflow, write down every task you have. This includes things you work on every day, month, and throughout the year. The benefit of the list is you know exactly what your responsibilities are, and what tasks you are necessary to run your business (and which are not!).
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2. Learn Where You Spend Time
Even with the list of your tasks, have you ever experienced days where you worked for hours, but felt like you accomplished nothing at all? It can be easy to get distracted from your tasks, especially if they are ones you do not enjoy (or that take too long). Apps, such as RescueTime, allows you to learn where you spend your time, so you can eliminate any bad habits and focus on your goals,
3. Create Accurate Benchmarks
As you track your time, keep a record of how long it takes you to finish tasks. If you know blogging takes you 70 hours each month, you can block out time for that so it does not get in the way of other tasks. Benchmarks provide you with an idea of how long something will take, but they also motivate you to complete your task within a certain timeframe. When you are faster in your workflow, you can spend your time on other important areas that require your attention.
4. Allot Time for Tasks
With benchmarks for each task you have, allot time in your schedule to work on them. The key to succeeding in this is to ensure you focus one task at a time. When you need to focus on shooting, only focus on the aspects you need to take stunning photos and finish the shoot. As you work on business aspects (blogging, social media, etc.), ensure you are only working on tasks within that area.
5. Focus on What’s Most Important
As a business owner, every task may seem important to your growth. Because you have limited time in your business, be selective about what you work on and what you push aside. A place to start is to separate the time between work and your personal life. When you are at work, focus on the specific tasks you have that day. After you are finished with work, focus on what you love to do outside of photography. This will make you more productive (and happy!) in both areas.
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6. Outsource, Outsource, Outsource!
Remember the list you created in step 1? Make another list with two columns. On the left side, write down the things you are great at and love to do. On the right side, write down what you are not good at or dislike. Everything on the right side of your list is something you can outsource to a specialist. When you outsource, you speed up your workflow and can focus on the tasks that will help you increase your income and grow your business.
7. Practice Your Focus
At your busiest, how often do you work on multiple tasks at once? Multi-tasking forces you to split your energy, which means you only give each task part of your focus and time. To combat this, create an environment free of distractions. This is the time where you only focus on the activities you have made benchmarks and allotted time for in your day. You will work at your fastest and most efficient, and save yourself time in your workflow.
When you implement these tricks into your business to help you focus on what’s most important, you can spend less time on busy tasks which cannot immediately increase your overall profit. Learn how to continue to speed up your workflow, and maintain your focus, with our free Guide: 5 Keys to Absolutely Succeeding in Your Photography Business
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