Over the past couple of years I’ve noticed a little bit of a trend…May and June are super popular for weddings and so are September and October. Those tend to be my busiest months by far. The months between late November-March are typically considered the off season because you’re not shooting as much and probably editing a lot less too. Last year and this year I got a little “mini off season” break midsummer, which has been AMAZING. When you’re a creative professional it can be hard to balance all of the tasks you have to do to keep the business running smoothly with you know…actually having time to be creative and refresh your creative “juices” so to speak. This is why the mini off season is so amazing! This summer I actually purposefully made my mini off season in July! Since I met my goal for the rest of the year I decided taking July “off” was my treat to myself. This meant not scheduling things on weekends in July and giving myself more free time for myself during the week than I would normally have. Having the freedom to spend an afternoon at the library or out to lunch with a friend is such a luxury to me since the rest of my season is so hectic.
During the typical off season I come up with a list of goals for myself…or things that I need to make sure I get done while I have more downtime in which to do them. This year I decided that I needed to do the same things for my mini off season! I know the month will be over before I know it and with a big project I’m working on quite a bit behind the scenes (check back tomorrow for an announcement on what that big project is!!) I need to stay pretty organized.
Here’s what I came up with! Hopefully sharing the list with you guys will keep me accountable!
– Update client lounge
– Launch Secret Project (we’re announcing it tomorrow!!)
– Organize archived files on my hard drive
– Create all new client questionnaires
– Sit down and look through my workflow for any bottlenecks and come up with solutions
– Submit weddings and engagement sessions from the first half of the season
– Create and shoot at least two DIY posts for the blog
– Create my own sample timeline to send to my clients as an example
– Finally order a sample album! (majorly slacking on this one!)
– Get a library card
– Go crabbing
– Finish DIY projects for the baby shower I’m planning
– Go tubing
– Order longer curtains for our bedroom
– Send more thank you notes
– Exercise four days a week (ha)
There are only a couple more weeks left in my mini off season, but I’m hoping to make the most of them so I can go into my busy September/October ready to tackle everything that comes my way and still have time to enjoy my favorite things about fall! Did any of you have a mini off season this year? Or were your weddings spread out more evenly through the year?