8 Habits of Happy Photographers

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Spring is a time of renewal with warmer weather and longer days, as well as flowers and trees blooming. With nature renewing itself, Isaac and I find ourselves looking for ways to get a breath of fresh air into our own lives. We realized that you also may be looking for ways to be rejuvenated. That inspiration has led to this list: 8 Habits of Happy Photographers.

 

  1. Turn off your phone for set amounts of time each day – In the world we live, and the business we operate, Isaac and I find it way too easy to become distracted by that piece of glass and aluminum in our pockets. We have found that if we actively turn off all of our devices for a certain amount of time each day, it forces us to focus on each other more.

  2. Help someone solve a problem – Isaac and I love solving problems. It’s like exercise for our minds. We don’t always have a problem of our own to solve. Sometimes someone we know needs help solving a problem. There are two benefits to this. First, it satisfies the desire to problem solve. Second, we are helping someone else. Deep down, most people enjoy being able to help others. What a great way to do just that!

  3. Take care of your health – Taking care of ourselves is way too easy to overlook and before you know it, your health is suffering because of it! We recommend setting some new health goals, such as scheduling a yearly physical, taking a look at your diet and considering making smarter choices, or taking up a physical activity. Simply changing one of these can help you get closer to feeling better than you did before.

  4. Reflect about the things you’re grateful for – Take a moment to remind yourself how great your life really is. Think about the things you take for granted and take time to appreciate those things. It is easy to become stressed in the never ending race to be better. Take some time to stop and reflect.

  5. Schedule activities that bring you joy – Last year Isaac and I decided to find a new hobby to learn every year. We have found that learning something new together is a great way to become closer with someone, whether it be your spouse or a colleague.

  6. Do less – I find it way too easy to say yes to everyone. Before I know it, I have so many commitments that I become stressed and it starts to affect every aspect of my life. Consider where your time and energy is being spent and decide where you need to stop spending time. Even eliminating one commitment can help you be well on your way to feeling less burdened.

  7. Delegate as soon and often as you can – This one piggybacks on the last one, and for good reason. Sometimes there are just things that cannot be ignored, but are demanding and cause stress. Often as a business owner, we have to do many different tasks and we cannot be great at all of them. We all have our strengths and weaknesses. I have found it very beneficial to hire someone to do tasks for me that they are naturally better at than I am. Some tasks, Isaac is able to do and he does them much better than I ever could! Sometimes it is vice versa. Other times, we have to just pay someone else to do it for us.

  8. Don’t expect your business to provide all your happiness – This is one area Isaac and I have to remind ourselves of often. As business owners, we put everything we have into our businesses. If it weren’t for our dogs, we may only spend time with our business. At the end of the day though, your business is not a being you can interact with and cannot provide all of your happiness. Yes, your business can provide you with joy, but it will only go so far. Be sure to lift your head and look around from time to time.

Our goal for today is to help you find ways you may not have thought of to destress and to act as a pressure relief valve. We know first hand that it is easy to not “stop and smell the roses”.

Studies have proven that employees who use their vacation time are happier than those who don’t. The same principle applies to business owners as well. You cannot survive or be happy if you only sleep and run your business.

Which of these tips stands out to you? Which one have you used? Do you have one that is not on this list? We would love to hear it! Isaac and I are always looking for ways to de-stress!

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