It occurred to me the other day that I live my life as if I'm quarantined continuously. I have no difficulty staying home for days editing, creating content, designing marketing material, and making updates to my website. While many others are going crazy from cabin fever, I'm as happy as could be.
I tend to do most of my activities near my home, as well. My favorite grocery store has a delivery app, my gym and pool are just a few steps away, my favorite park to walk my dog in is right next door, and my favorite restaurants always make my food "to go," because I like to eat at home or in my office (before the Hurricane, that is) while I work. I no longer have a proper studio/office space, since we are under plans for construction (paused for the moment), and so I take my food straight home. I have taken over the dining room table and set up a portable office that I can tear down for family dinners.
In layman's terms, I'm used to being a bit of a hermit.
I also noticed that my 2020 "Get things done" list looks a lot like the things we could all do while being quarantined for a few weeks at home.
1. Read all the books: That book you bought last year and haven't even opened yet? Yes, that one. Read it.
2. Clean your camera equipment. Kill all the dust and grime on all my cameras, lenses, lighting equipment, and modifiers.
3. Update firmware on all your professional equipment.
4. Organize accessories. Wrap all extra cables and peripherals, make sure everything is one-easy to access place, and it's all tidy.
5. Backup all your computers.
6. Organize Dropbox, Box, Apple Storage, and all other cloud-based services. Make sure everything is categorized, tagged, and organized for easy searching.
7. Open up all Lightroom Catalogs to update, organize, and make sure all images are keyworded. More on this on my Adobe Lightroom Workshop.
8. Clean out emails. Unsubscribe to unnecessary email marketing and newsletters, and spam those you keep leaving for later.
9. Go through any storage boxes and de-clutter. Make a "for sale" pile, and a "for donating" pile.
10. Re-edit past sessions, weddings, or events for your portfolio. Show different photos of the same wedding. I'm sure you can make magic with the 700 photos you didn't choose as your "best images." If you haven't deleted them yet, that is.
11. Re-arrange and re-organize your workspace. A new look to your workspace and inspire some creativity!
12. Journal. Make time to write things down. Your experiences, your thoughts, and frustrations. Get it all out. In times like these having a clear head is invaluable.
13. Create content for social media. Now that you have the time, go through your archives and plan out your posts for the next few weeks, Take a look at apps like planoly or an app called Later. They are great tools for planning posts so that you can work on other things.
14. Declutter your Facebook and Instagram. Don't feel bad about letting go of people you don't even know. There's no reason to hoard fake friends, besides when you blick, snooze or delete please, a few old friends resurface, and you keep in touch with the people who matter.
15. Lastly, go through your food supplies. Make sure you have the necessities to keep your energy levels up. And while you're at it, plan a lovely dinner for your family. You may have all the necessary ingredients in your kitchen already. Wait to make a big dinner and invite friends and family over; it's not the time for significant family events. However, food can be comforting. So keep it simple, and make a little something for the people who live with you!
I keep a bullet journal, this list is spread across my journal and so far I have gotten through most of it. I still haven't updated my equipment. Which is at the top of my list, but I plan to get to it once I am done organizing my office.
Let me know what you're doing. Share it with me on Instagram stories or DMs. I'd love to hear from you!