Are you following me as I organize my digital photos? Or, better yet, are you joining me and organizing YOUR digital photos?
Here is the beginning where I outlined Lisa’s steps and my plan. Here is my update from Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4, Week 5 and Week 6. Listen to the interview with photo organizing expert, Lisa Kurtz: Part 1 and Part 2.
This week I spent about 4 hours working on my photos. It takes me an hour to go through duplicates at the beginning of each year and an hour to rename 5-6 months of photos. Read the routine I go through to organize each year here.
I am almost finished with 2007 and honestly I really want to work on that rather than write this update. 🙂
I like organizing my digital photos, especially this step of reducing and renaming. With each photo I rename I know I will be able to find it in seconds. That part is so exciting.
Plus, my oldest is a sophomore in high school. I want to create a photo book for his graduation without being completely stressed out. To be able to find photos by event AND be able to search his name to find all of the photos with him in them will be an awesome gift to myself.
How do I find time to organize my photos? There are 2 ways:
1. I think about my day (weekend) and then schedule time to spend on my photo organizing.
For example, I knew on Saturday that I would be home all day except from 12:30 – 4:00. I knew I wanted to devote at least an hour to my photos over the weekend. I also knew I wanted to sleep in and cook a big breakfast for the kids and their friends that were home. I decided I wouldn’t plan anything for the morning and instead when I got home at 4:00 I would get on my computer and work on my photos from 4:30 – 5:30. Then we could eat dinner.
That worked well.
Our entire family ended up being home Saturday night!! After dinner we all played Wii Party (a GREAT game if you are looking for a fun, family activity – I should’ve included it here). We only have 4 controllers so we have a system playing mini games with the 6 of us. The two losers hand off the remotes to the two not playing. It works great…until the youngest child keeps losing and quits. At that point I let the other 4 play Board Game Island (also on Wii Party) and I sat in the room observing the fun and working on my laptop organizing photos!!
I ended up working two hours on Saturday! Yay, me!
2. I get distracted while working on my computer.
I plan to organize my photos and then I get distracted and organize my photos (when I am supposed to be working on other things).
I am known for keeping too many tabs open while on the internet. I am easily distracted. Right now I am switching off between organizing my photos, typing this post, watching whatever my husband is watching on TV (it was 60 minutes and is now Monday Night Football), and playing Ruzzle on my phone (any Ruzzle fans?).
I keep my photo organizing tab open and then, when I am supposed to be doing other things, I get distracted and end up organizing a month or two of my photos!
Probably not the best approach.
I would recommend PLANNING to take 15 minute breaks from other things you are working on in order to organize a month of photos. Use a timer to keep you focused.
For next time:
I am going to continue organizing my digital photos but I have a big interruption and will be taking a short break. I need to create a 50th Anniversary photo book for my in-laws. I have needed to do this for quite a while but am slightly overwhelmed by the whole project. Now that the date is quickly approaching I really need to get focused entirely on this book. No more organizing my photos for a while.
I will not be posting an update until the project is complete and I get back to making progress.
I have learned a lot, been overwhelmed, pushed through wanting to quit, kept plugging away, and am making progress.
How are you doing?