I made it home and it was a successful trip! We got two negatives on my son’s allergy skin testing (eggs and wheat!) which is huge but we do have to wait on the blood test results before we get our hopes up too high. Still we’ve never been in this position before so as you can imagine it is impossible not to get a little excited about the possibilities!
While I was away I’ve been giving a lot of thought to the whole picture organization thing. Why is it such a cumbersome task for so many of us? Through your comments and emails I realize that there are so many of us out there that struggle with this same issue.
So many pictures….too overwhelming
Too many steps…..so little time
Not urgent…I’ll get to it eventually
Too many options….much too complicated
For me and my struggle to organize pictures over the years I’ve come up against every single one of those excuses. I always seemed to get stuck at some point in the process. A couple of years ago it was the last one on the list for me. I just couldn’t narrow down online where I wanted to print my pictures. Costco is my favorite but I live 8 hours away from one of those. So my pictures just kept piling up on my hard drive taunting me every time I logged on. Thankfully Kodak Gallery opened up shop online in Canada last year and solved that dilemma for me.
(one of my favorite pictures)
However that didn’t solve all my problems. I became efficient at printing my pictures but not about filing them unfortunately. They’d come in and because it wasn’t urgent that I file them they’d get neglected and the pile would just grow and grow. No one was tripping over them so it was an easy pile to ignore and it was always that one thing on my list that didn’t get crossed off. Why do that to myself? I needed to find a solution that worked with me and saved me that dreaded step. Photobooks I’ve discovered are the perfect solution for me and the last piece of my picture pile puzzle. You can read about my first photobook experience here. I am happy to report that after all these years I’ve managed to eliminate every single last excuse I had and pictures are finally a joy for me once again.
For my girlfriend it meant something different. She was tired of the expense and time of printing pictures no one ever looked at. She eliminated that step entirely and went with a digital picture frame that now everyone in the family enjoys daily.
Which step in the process are you getting hung up? What can you do about it? By streamlining your process are you able to eliminate steps that you dread? Are you making things more complicated than they need to be? Is a compromise necessary? Zero in on the excuses that run through your head and brainstorm solutions that will allow you to say goodbye to the unnecessary stress and guilt that steal your picture joy.
I’ve got one last pile of pictures I need to tackle from before Christmas and my discovery of photobooks. I’m going to get it done today once and for all.
No more excuses!
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