When I was newbie photographer, I made it a point to photograph anything and everything that I could get my hands on. I was doing it all from newborns, to corporate headshots, weddings, families, you name it. I was just so interested and hungry to hone in on my skills and see where I was at in this new "professional" world of photography. I even got myself involved with a mentor, a very highly respected photographer. I felt I was ready to learn even more.
(Side Note) Sometimes we can just be busy and not effective.
On one of our training days, I remember being at his home and asking him to upload some of my images that I had taken into his computer so that he could give feedback. This was literally a heart wrenching moment for me as I was putting it all on the line. I was exposing what was so precious to me to allow someone to possibly rip it apart. I sat silently while he went through all the different photos I had taken, and awaited his possible compliments or dreaded critiques. He finally got through with them and like all well trained teachers, he began with a compliment stating my posing skills were phenomenal. However, I knew this exercise, I knew what was coming after that. He then took one of the images and blew it up on his big 26 inch screen, that reveals all and pointed to my subjects eyes and said but your focus is off.
(Side Note) We have to open to being vulnerable and seek guidance from someone that may me a little more learnt then we are.
I was so excited about just getting clients to photograph that I hadn't taken the time in to learn how to focus properly. Like literally step one in photography after picking the camera up. Although with the regular eye and to most non professionals, the pictures looked great at a glance. However, after seeing them on the big screen, I could see that most, if not all the pictures I had taken lacked focus and this would make it almost nearly impossible to print anything bigger than an 8x10 portrait.
In our lifetime, we can become so obsessed with just doing, that we don't even concentrate on the full picture. We tend to shoot and then aim. There is nothing wrong with with being an action taker, however in the end we may notice that our focus is off and we are aimelessy just staying busy.
Lack of focus can kill our productivity. If we are not concentrated, on what could be the most important part of the picture, we can end up with a product or service that is lacking and useless in the end. Many times I find my wheels turning in so many different directions. Part of that is being diagnosed ADHD, in my definition: the artist in me and some of that is just mindless wandering and getting stuck in the sink hole of social media. Either way, we need a good source of energy and concentration to bring us back to purpose. A few good techniques that I am in the course of learning and some that I am currently practicing are;
Time manage what you are doing.
Give yourself time slots where you get certain tasks done. Hold yourself accountable to these slots with an alarm system. You can easily find a kitchen timer on Amazon for super cheap and it's a great way as you're working to hear something that alerts you stop and start something new.
Try to get organized.
If you are someone like me and organizational skills are at the bottom of your, the things I'm good at list, then start small. Just a little tidying up can really make a huge difference in your life. Endless amounts of time are often spent looking for things that are sometimes right in front of our face. Cleaning up can help you stay focused and not have you running the rat race looking for things. Generally speaking, our mess can show us a lot about what is going on, inside of our life. Take a look around your space and let that mental picture soak in to remind yourself of what you may need to cleanup in your mind as well.
And remember that 90 percent of what we do and who we are is by choice. If you want to be more focused whether it be on your kids, your marriage, your career or life in general, just a simple mindset shift will start to lead you in the direction that you need to go to get back on track.