In this series of blog posts we are introducing the faculty at Inspire 2015. Today we’d like to introduce you to Bryan Caporicci an award-winning wedding and portrait photographer based out of Fonthill, Canada. Bryan is a Fuji X-Photographer. In 2014, he was awarded his Masters of Photographic Arts (MPA) designation by the Professional Photographers of Canada (PPOC), making him one of the youngest photographers in Canada to receive this level of achievement.
He is the founder of Sprouting Photographer, and educational website and podcast dedicated to actionable "how-to" education for photographers about the business of being creative. Bryan will be teaching Pricing for Profit
You have a lot of to-do’s on your list. You have a great deal of responsibility. You sometimes struggle with balancing your business life and personal life. You can’t seem to get out from under that never-ending pile of sessions to edit, emails to answer, phone calls to return and projects to finish up.
You’re busy. I get it.
But this isn’t what you signed up for. Being an entrepreneur should be freeing. It should feel exciting, invigorating and and inspiring. You must take back control of your time and your life. You need to achieve better balance.
You need to stop living in the lie of busy.
There are 5 lies that you’re living with. These are false truths that you tell yourself that collectively make it ok for you to be busy. You need to accept that they are lies, and replace them with the real truths that are hidden beneath.
The Lie of Temporary
The lie of temporary is when you say that the busy-ness you’re in will only be temporary. It’s not true. If you keep telling yourself that, you’ll be in a never-ending cycle of busy-ness. You must replace the lie of temporary with the truth of pace.
Slow down and take life one step at a time. Focus on the journey and not just the destination.
The Lie of Time
The lie of time is when you give yourself too much time (or don’t set limits at all) to get something done. Parkinson’s law says that “tasks will expand to the time that you allow them to”, and simply understanding this will enable you to replace that lie of time with the truth of deadlines. Setting due-dates, cut-offs and deadlines will force your brain to get tasks done within the time that you allow for.
The Lie of Work
The lie of work is when you are busy doing work that isn’t necessary. It’s what is commonly referred to as “busy work” and it feels good becuase you’re getting things done, but you’re getting the wrong things done. You must replace the lie of work with the truth of priorities. Focus on the right tasks and be selective where you spend your time.
The Other 2 Lies …
I go into more detail about these lies and write about the other two lies in my “Lie of Busy” blog post over on SproutingPhotographer.com. I also recorded a podcast episode of this topic for our Sprouting Photographer Podcast if you’re interested in listening to it instead of reading it.
Well-known author and blogger Michael Hyatt says that if you want to find out about what someone is working on, look at what they write about. I fully subscribe to this idea.
What I am saying? I’m saying … look at what I’m writing about here.
Admittedly, I struggle with the busy-ness problem. I am working through it, just like you. For me, the process of writing helps me work through ideas. I hope that this self-journaling may help you as well.
At Inspire Photo Retreats 2015, I’ll be speaking about the business of being creative, and I’ll be diving into some very specific, actionable and how-to advice on how you can run a more successful and sustainable photography business.
I’m excited to share those ideas with you, but I’d also love to chat with you about the busy-ness problem. Let’s hope that between now and then, you and I both can achieve greater balance, and we can reminisce about how we used to have a busy-ness problem over a cold glass of beer in Portland.
Until then, stay focused, stay prioritized and enjoy life. I know I’ll be trying to do the same!