Lori Pickens

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Tame The Chaos: 3 Weekly Routines That Changed My Worklife

Welcome back to Photo Goals with Lori Pickens. Today, I’ll be sharing three transformative weekly routines that have revolutionized my work life, keeping my digital and office spaces organized and running smoothly. These routines are essential for photographers aiming to enhance their productivity, streamline their workflow, and elevate their business operations.

Declutter Your Downloads Folder

Your downloads folder, whether on Mac or PC, can quickly become overwhelming without regular maintenance. I make it a habit to sift through it weekly, removing unnecessary files and organizing what remains. Anything temporary or no longer relevant gets deleted, while important documents or resources are filed appropriately. For items needing future attention, I utilize task management tools like Google Tasks, setting reminders to revisit them at a suitable time. By curating my downloads folder weekly, I maintain a streamlined digital environment conducive to productivity and focus.

Maintain Backup Systems

Next on the agenda is ensuring the safety of your precious files through regular backups. Whether you rely on cloud storage, external drives, or automated systems, consistency is key. Each week, I verify that my backup systems are operational, safeguarding new photos and videos captured during the week. This proactive approach not only protects against data loss but also serves as a reminder to prioritize personal content, preventing it from languishing on memory cards or devices indefinitely.

Clear and Reset Your Physical Workspace

Transitioning from the digital to the physical realm, let’s discuss the importance of a clutter-free workspace. As a photographer and educator, my desk is the epicenter of my creative endeavors. However, it’s prone to accumulating a mishmash of items, from art projects to paperwork. To combat this, I dedicate time weekly to clear and reset my physical workspace. By tidying up and restoring order, I cultivate a serene environment that fosters creativity and minimizes distractions.

Benefits of Weekly Routines

Embracing these weekly routines isn’t just about tidiness; it’s about enhancing productivity and well-being. Research supports the notion that an organized workspace can reduce stress and boost mental clarity. By incorporating these habits into your routine, you’re not just managing clutter; you’re creating an environment conducive to focus and productivity. So, whether it’s maintaining digital hygiene or tidying up your physical workspace, these simple yet effective routines can make a world of difference in your photography journey.

By integrating these practices into your schedule, you’ll unlock greater efficiency, productivity, and peace of mind. Remember, consistency is key – embrace these routines and watch as they transform your photography business for the better. Stay tuned for more insights and tips on Photo Goals with Lori Pickens.

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Lori Pickens is a Mother, Wife, Tech Geek from Parkersburg, WV, and the podcast host of Photo Goals. She is a true lifelong local and has been photographing in the area for over a decade. She serves families from Parkersburg, WV to Marietta, OH. Lori is also a Click Pro Elite and Click Community Mentor. When she’s not capturing pictures or spending time with her kids, she enjoys organizing her lists and spending time on her family farm.

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