Archive for Time Management

The Great Balancing Act

Posted: September 3rd, 2014

[by Kimberly Blom-Roemer] If we all wanted a nine to five, punch a time clock job, we would have gotten one. Instead, we’ve chosen the precarious path of independent business people. But that choice doesn’t doom us to vacationless 70 hour weeks. Honestly, no one can do that for long and remain effective. So, what [...]

A Wake-up Call to Play

Posted: September 2nd, 2014

[by Charles Gupton] “It’s a miracle she’s alive.” The surgeon was reporting on the success of removing my wife’s burst appendix and the tumor she’d found while doing the procedure. Linda had miraculously walked around for two weeks feeling bad but having no idea her body was harboring a life-threatening medical condition. Like most of [...]

Sometimes Less is Actually More

Posted: April 11th, 2014

[by Jenna Close] My name is Jenna, and I am a workaholic. If left to my own devices, I will consistently slave away until the end of time, and I will do it happily…almost. For years, having an extreme work ethic was very beneficial to my business. Then 2013 came around, and I literally woke [...]

Balancing Demands through Blending

Posted: April 10th, 2014

[by Charles Gupton] When I hear people talk about getting a life, my internal response is almost always, “You’ve got a life. It’s the one you’ve chosen. If you want a different life, make the choices that’ll lead you there!” I want to be clear that although I think this response, I never say it [...]

Through-Line

Posted: April 9th, 2014

[by Barry Schwartz] Salsa, country music, rap, and rock often contain an instrument that holds a steady, unwavering beat: a kind of metronome, a through-line. In salsa, it might be the high, percussive strike made by wooden claves or a cowbell at the same point in every bar, cutting through the other instruments. In rock, [...]

Just Say No to The Cubicle

Posted: April 8th, 2014

[by John Welsh] I’ve never been told to Get a Life. But it’s good advice and surely applies to image makers in a radically changed and visually demanding world. What would have been ridiculous a decade ago, for instance the almost immediate deadline for image delivery, is common. Then, add the complexity of multiple, simultaneous [...]

The Importance of Balance

Posted: April 7th, 2014

[by Chris Winton-Stahle] As photographers and artists, we LOVE our work. Because our passion drives us, it is common to have areas of life that become unbalanced. Though you might feel overwhelmed, there are things you can do. Here are my best tips for maintaining balance. Keep in mind that it’s always a work in progress! 1. Compartmentalize [...]

Mindful Thoughts to Effective Efficiency

Posted: November 22nd, 2013

[by Charles Gupton] One of the most challenging goals that creative professionals face on a daily basis is staying on task so that important work gets done in a timely manner. It’s certainly a trial for me, particularly on days when I’m in the office working. I feel as if I’ve read about – and [...]

Gadgets and Clouds

Posted: November 21st, 2013

Editor’s note: When I first met John Welsh, he had recently transitioned – not by choice – from staffer to independent photographer.  Unlike many undergoing that same disruptive change, John was forward-thinking and full of ideas, many of which he’s successfully pursued. It is my great pleasure to introduce John as a new regular contributor [...]

A Matter of Time

Posted: November 19th, 2013

[by Kimberly Blom-Roemer] Your time is precious. Having your own business is the best and worst of all worlds. If left to its own devices, the business can take over your life. Here’s a few techniques to tame potentially ferocious time monster and have it purring like a kitten. 1.) Set a Regular Work Schedule [...]

Do you still use post-it notes?

Posted: November 18th, 2013

Editor’s note: While reviewing submissions for ASMP’s Best of 2013, I was struck not only by the quality of Pascal Depuhl’s work but the fact that he produced a feature length documentary, just six months after launching his motion career.  It seems there is nothing Pascal does halfway.  I am delighted he’s agreed to become [...]

Economy of Time and Motion

Posted: January 18th, 2013

[by Luke Copping] Money isn’t the only asset that you need to manage judiciously. Cash flow, income, sanity, energy, and time are just some of the resources that we have to properly manage. When one of these is neglected and not properly maintained your business can shift away from the ideal and harmonious balance you [...]

Freedom in Constraints

Posted: December 7th, 2012

[by Charles Gupton] I’ve never been diagnosed with attention deficit disorder, but I have the classic symptoms. Maintaining my focus on almost any task is usually a challenge, sometimes a monumental one. As a result, I’ve come to appreciate the value of constraints. Having too many options available always slows down my ability to make [...]

Time-Saving Apps

Posted: August 17th, 2012

[by Richard Kelly] I am always in search of apps for my iPhone that will save me time and keep me organized. As interesting as many apps are, a lot of the ones I’ve tried may help with organization, but add extra steps instead of efficiency. I need streamlining not complexity. The five apps that [...]

Getting the InBox Under Control

Posted: August 16th, 2012

[by Richard Harrington] Missed messages, slow responses, lack of courtesy.  All of these lead to a loss of business and a hit on our professionalism.  But the deluge of email is overwhelming and keeping up on it (plus all the social media messages) seems like a full-time job. Here’s a few tricks I use to [...]

Choosing Things You Can Make Your Own

Posted: August 14th, 2012

[by Colleen Wainwright] As the years pass and the pile of tried-and-failed doodads grows ever higher, I’ve discovered that the apps I truly rely on are the ones that offer a great deal of customization–ones that adapt to my way of doing things, rather than forcing me to adapt to theirs. Here are some favorites: [...]