I know, I know. You saw the word “season” and you think I’m already talking about the holidays. Well, no, not specifically.
I’m talking about those time when you can see “busy” approaching on the horizon. Where you look ahead on the calendar and realize that next month is going to be NUTS. You’re instantly overwhelmed and not at all sure if you’ll make it through or not. How do you deal with that?
In the months of October, November and December, I literally slash my prices for my photography business in half. People are wanting photos for Christmas cards, and family is in town for those extended-family shots, and I feel that everyone should be able to capture memories for a reasonable price! In a normal month I do anywhere from 3-5 photo shoots, but in these three months I literally do DOZENS. Did I mention part of the deal is a less-than-a-week turnaround? Oh, and that I’m still working a full-time job and maintaining this blog while I’m doing all these photo shoots? Yeah. “BUSY” is the word!
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So in September, I start prepping for the crazy that will become my life in the next three months. And I thought I’d share a few tips with everyone on Prepping for a Busy Season, just in case you see some crazy coming your way!
1. Plan FAR in advance
You may feel silly planning three months down the road, but trust me. When things start happening quickly, and it’s hard to think straight because there’s so much going on, you will be SO glad you did!
I’ve never been a morning person. Not even a little bit. I’ve always been a night owl, and if it was a busy week, I would always opt for staying up late to get things done rather than getting up early to accomplish the same. But the more I did that, the more I realized that pre-planning the night before really makes for a smoother tomorrow!
So, here’s what I do the night before…the night before any particular day, really!
Well, here we are again! I’m having a really hard time believing that today is New Year’s Eve. WOW. Where did the year go? And now we’re almost out of time!
Today we’re getting ready for a little New Year’s Eve party we’ll be hosting this evening, but I’m also thinking about planning out 2014.
What does that mean in my world?
Okay, okay, don’t shoot the messenger! I know it’s only August 15, and we’re just now getting ready for the Back to School stuff, but seriously: 131 days until Christmas. I’m just letting you know!
(Our tree last year!)
I LOVE Christmas. LOVE. IT. It’s a wonderful time of fun and fellowship with folks we don’t get to see very often, and, of course, the celebration of the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!
I’ve seen a few other folks do a recap of their previous month at the beginning of a new month, so I thought I might jump on the bandwagon. You’ll let me know what you think, right? Here are the top ten posts (in no particular order) that folks liked here On the Road in July!
1. Fabulous Find (If you’ve been on the blog for a while you know I like to do a “Fabulous Find” everyone once in a while, where I share a product that I just LOVE with everyone! Apparently you all love this one, too!)