Maintaining productivity amidst chaos. Is it possible?

I’ve had a lot on my mind this week. Kids, work, husband, friends, laundry, summer – it’s all muddled together in my mind. I literally have a color coded calendar system that I use religiously to keep all the areas of my life organized and yet, lately, it’s become harder and harder to do. My productivity has taken a huge hit this past year and I’m still trying to find my groove. Maybe that’s the problem…I had been trying to find the groove I’ve lost rather than being open to something new all together. I’m working on it.

Sometimes I feel like I just need an office – one that isn’t in my home. It’s very challenging to be disciplined about writing an article or editing the images from a shoot when I can see the pile of dirty dishes in the sink… I often think I should go work at a coffee shop for a few hours, just to free myself from distraction. I used to do that quite often in the past but as with most other things in life, the rhythm and routine is off. I need to find it again. Whatever that looks like.

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Fujifilm X-T2 with 16mm f/1.4 lens (1/6400 sec, f/1.4, ISO 200)

Photographically, I’d say I’m experiencing a lot of inspiration. My new Fujifilm X-T2 and 16mm f/1.4 lens arrived and I’ve been having so much fun with it! I’ve shot more personal photos in the past week than I have in a while. That feels good. In fact, I feel like I’m in the process of teaching myself how to approach the world differently. To slow down, take a breath and really see. And even more than that, to open my eyes wide and see the big picture, not just the little curated bit I want within the frame of my shot. Too often, I have breezed past the more commonplace in search of the exotic, when all the while, beauty was never far away. (I shot these images in my yard with a wide angle lens. It has such a close focusing distance, it’s basically macro photography).

In the meantime, I have been jotting down lots of notes on various ideas. Seems my brain is alight with them! Somehow, I have to organize them into cohesive thought. So, if you see me at a coffee shop, stop and say hi, and then tell me to get to work!

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Fujifilm X-T2 with 16mm f/1.4 lens (1/1600 sec, f/1.4, ISO 200)