Will I ever finish my photo project?
For 2016 I resolved to completely organize my digital photos.
- I’d arrange them by dates in folders.
- I’d save them on an external hard drive (and free up storage on my phone and laptop!).
- I’d print out copies of my favorites and put them in actual photo albums.
I didn’t finish in 2016.
But I did make progress. I started backwards at 2015, then 2014, 2013, 2012. And now I’m at 2011.
So four years of photos are now neatly displayed in chronological albums sitting on my coffee table. Memories that we can look at. Laugh at. Reminisce through. (Somehow that’s more satisfying to me than scrolling through them alone on Facebook.)
The project seemed overwhelming a year ago (and in many ways, it still does). But here’s how I forced myself to do it:
Give it just 10 minutes
I added a 10-minute block on my online calendar daily for “Photos to Print.” Then at some point during the day or night, I’d set a timer for 10 minutes and just do it.
I often think “I don’t have enough time” to do this or that. I’m an obsessive schedule-maker. I see my time and energy as limited resources that must be optimally allocated every day.
But 10 minutes? If we don’t have 10 minutes to spare every 24 hours, we’re not doing something right.
So I’m keeping the 10-minute daily block for “Photos to Print” on my calendar for 2017. I still won’t do it every day. But as long as I’m making progress—and I am!—that’s good enough.
Whatever you’re trying to accomplish this year, remember your small steps in the right direction will add up.
Continuing to move in the right direction is more important than the total number of steps taken altogether.
I’ll stick with the snails:
It doesn’t matter how slow you go, as long as you don’t stop.
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Is there a project you want to finish in 2017? What keeps you moving forward? Please share in the comments.
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