10 New Year’s Resolutions…for Photography
It’s the thing to do, isn’t it? A new year comes around and everyone starts talking about their New Year’s Resolutions (NYRs), so you feel compelled to make some for yourself. After all, you don’t want to be the fool who’s decided not to change anything during the coming year.
Some studies seem to show it’s worthwhile setting yourself a list of NYRs. After 6 months, 46% of those who had an NYR were still toughing it out, versus only 4% of those who decided to make a change in their life, but not as part of an NYR.
“You need to specifically state what it is you need to do in order to accomplish your goals.”
The main reason people fail their NYRs, or indeed any resolution, is that they do not properly state their goals. It’s not enough to say I’m going to lose weight, I’m going to work harder, I’m going to improve my relationship with my siblings. No, those are not concrete goals, they are just generalities; vague, lacking in determination, they are destined for failure. You need to specifically state what it is you need to do in order to accomplish your goals. You need to quantify and qualify. For example, the previous resolutions would be substituted with these: I’m going to lose 15 lbs of fat, I’m going to increase my sales by 5%, I’m going to call my siblings at least once a week and visit them at least once a month.
Having goals that you can quantify and/or qualify will make you more likely to reach them as your progress towards success is measurable. When you lose 7.5 lbs you know you’re half way there; if come June your sales are up by 3% you can be almost sure of surpassing your goal if you keep on going. Does it make sense? It does to me, which is why I’m setting up my Photography NYRs clearly and concisely.
Another tip for success: Make yourself accountable. If you tell everyone of your resolutions you are much more likely to succeed. You can justify failing to yourself, but can you explain to all your friends and family that you’re a loser because you couldn’t keep in touch with your sister once a week?
One of my goals for 2009 is to improve my photography (isn’t everybody’s?). Following my own advice, I am setting clear individual goals for myself that will help me improve in different ways, however small. And I’m letting every reader of this blog know what they are. If I fail, I’ll have to explain to you all why. That would be a bit embarrassing, which is why I’m not planning to fail 🙂
Without further ado, I present to you my 10 New Year’s Photography Resolutions, in no particular order:
- I will process my RAW files within 5 days of shooting
- I will shoot at least 1 roll of film every 6 weeks
- I will buy no more than 5 lenses in 2009 (boy is this one going to be tough…)
- When I publish Part 1 in a multipart series of articles, I will not take more than 1 week to post Part 2
- I will post at least twice a week on this blog
- I will put up my own website
- I will sell all my redundant and unused gear
- I will calibrate my monitor
- I will go out shooting at least once every weekend
- I will stop laughing at Leica owners
So what are you going to do this year to improve your photography?