Summer in Maine is just unmatched. It’s what makes the blizzards and below freezing winter temperatures so worth it- knowing that summer is on the way! (And if you ask me, I think Fall is even better!) And the first thing I notice about summer’s arrival? All of a sudden, sitting at my desk is often the absolute last thing I place I feel like being. When it’s “vacationland” weather out my window, and I am staring at photoshop & mailchimp- suddenly working from home is such a struggle! Most days my hustle wants nothing more than to float out the window and be found sunbathing at the beach!
Friends often ask me, “How do you motivate yourself to get work done? If I worked from home I would never get anything done!”
Is it always easy? Definitely not. But honestly the answer comes down to one simple answer…
I remember what it was like to NOT work from home.
I remember what it was like to hate my job. To dread that waitressing shift. To hate CLEANING TOILETS. To feel unappreciated at that hospital. To dread hours of commuting to jobs that meant nothing to me outside of paying my bills. There were no goals. There was no freedom. I had one job where you needed leave the office to run an errand at lunch time- and it felt like such a treat to leave and get outside that we had to share the task amongst the office because it wasn’t fair for one girl to get to do it everyday. I felt like I never got outside. I never had a weekend off. I was miserable.
Outside of photography, nannying is the only job that I have ever felt any fulfillment doing, so when it comes down to staying motivated, it’s because I deeply appreciate the privilege of it all. What drives me to get work done when I don’t necessarily FEEL like getting the work done- is remembering life before this. And it fires me to hustle so I can keep it. I want to feel like it’s January in June. I want to be spending each work day thinking and acting strategically, not just existing! I really don’t want to waste the second six months of the year.
But I also want to enjoy the summer. Because I want a business that serves my LIFE and not a life that serves my BUSINESS. So how can I do both? This has been the question on my mind ever since perfect ocean breezy temps landed at 65 around here. How can I still grow my business, launch new projects, book more clients, and reach those huge goals- and STILL have beach days? and STILL have lunch with friends in the Old Port? and STILL get out on the boat with my family? and STILL plan that hiking trip? and STILL have a LIFE?!
I need to get more done, in less time. Period. And stop WASTING any minutes of my office hours.
Shanna Skidmore has been sharing a #takebackthesummer challenge. Normally I don’t jump on such things, but Shanna is one of the few creative industry leaders out there that I hands down want to learn anything I can from- so I wasn’t going to miss it! She structured a 7 day challenge on getting your summer back- getting back to what really matters to you this season- and removing the obstacles that are keeping you from it.
It inspired me to share this post with you because I have been finding that overall productivity, especially as a business owner, for me, has not been this ONE magic app, (even though Planoly and Trello and Honeybook are my current top contenders!) or this ONE huge schedule change- but it’s the really small things. Little things that if I do them everyday, or as often as I can, my productivity soars and I then have more time to be outside enjoying the summer!
I hope this inspires you start being more productive with the time you have, so you can grow your business while still enjoying the summer!
** I have been absolutely loving the excitement and feedback over the Sales Guide that I released last week! This guide is a resource for the portrait photographer who is looking to see their work printed in the hands of their clients, sharing my experience in doing so without a studio, and fitting for both local clients and the families I travel too as well!
I’ve decided to extend the launch sale for just 5 more photographers, ($50 off!!) AND if you have purchased the Sales guide I’ll be personally inviting you to a FREE PRIVATE WEBINAR with me where I’ll be sharing additional tips, behind the scenes, AND you can ask questions live!
I am SO excited about this idea! If you purchased the guide you will receive an exclusive registration invitation by email at the end of the week! See you there!!