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Batch Days saved my Photography Business

January 8, 2021

Rewind to 2018 when I was trying to run my photography business that had recently experienced explosive growth. I had photos to edit, blogs to write, social media content to schedule, emails to answer, stories to post on IG and just about a million other things to do.

Every time I would sit down to write a blog post, I would only get through a few sentences before picking up my phone and becoming distracted. Posting to IG stories, creating graphics on Canva for a post, it didn’t matter. Eventually I would walk downstairs to grab a drink before heading back to my chair to repeat the process all over again.

does this sound familiar?

Batch Days For Photographers | Ariel Dilworth

When we own a business we have no one to create priorities for us. We have to set our own schedule. It’s up to us to determine which tasks should be done at which time so they can be accomplished by a particular date.

Sometimes this means our desks look like a pile of lists and sticky notes, half empty notebooks and planners as we try to remember all the things we need to do.

But can I just say… there is a better way! You don’t have to feel stressed and scatter-brained as you bounce from one task to another. All it takes is a little re-organizing of your schedule.

See, I used to write out a to-do list for the day and just check off things as they occurred. But then, I began to implement Batch Days.

Batch Days

Batch day scheduling is when you dedicate a day solely to one category of tasks.

For example, Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays are shoot days. Tuesday and Thursdays are Content Days. Friday and Sunday are Rest Days. And I edit in the Evenings.

These categories can be whatever you want, but the idea is, it allows you get to in the necessary mindset to accomplish those tasks. For example, If I try to write posts while my photos are exporting, and then stop writing it to load them to the gallery. When I try to come back and finish writing the post, my mind will be distracted and the post won’t be as good.

I also have days blocked off for monthly tasks like bookkeeping, website maintenance, personal growth, passive income, freebie design, etc.

how about no!

At first I thought I would hate this. I even made excuses like, “what if my clients are available for shoots on Mondays, Wednesdays or Saturdays?” or “what if I don’t feel inspired to write on Tuesdays and Thursdays?” But the truth is… it’s been nothing but amazing.

My content has been better and more potent. It connects with my audience in ways I never thought possible because I’m able to achieve a level of mindfulness I couldn’t accomplish before. I edit quicker. My mind is less anxious and my heart is more calm because I know the things that need to get done ARE GETTING done!

Would love to hear how you schedule your day/your thoughts on batch days in the comments! If you’re looking for more inspiration on productivity, check out THIS POST.

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