I will be honest, I don’t always keep up with Project Life but I do my best to complete my layouts by the week. I have developed a routine that helps me to stay on schedule. This routine usually works, until calving season! I usually have to spend the month of May catching up from calving season!
I try to download the photos from my camera each night so that I can review them. If I want to edit a few, I will open them in a photo editing program and do a quick edit. I usually don’t do too much editing as that is usually when I start to get behind.
I then rename each photo that I want to use and copy them to a weekly folder in Dropbox. Throughout the week and/or next week, I will put these photos into a template in Project Life and journal along the way. My best pages seem to be the ones that have been put together throughout the entire week, rather than in one evening. My goal is that by the following Sunday, my page from the week before is done. This gives me a bit of time to organize, edit and prepare my page from the following week without putting too much pressure on me.
When going back through old photos, it has made me realize that I have kept so many photos over the years, many of which are duplicates of one or two good photos. As of 2017, I am starting to delete photos that I don’t use to free up space and make it easier to look through on a cd or computer. Therefore, after I have renamed the good photos and copied them to Dropbox, I delete all the others.
Once my weekly page is prepared and saved, I delete the weely Dropbox folder of photos. Any weekly folders in my Dropbox account are weeks that need to be worked on.
If I get behind, I will try to spend a couple extra hours throughout the week working on the weeks that aren’t complete. I have a one page yearly calendar next to my computer so that I can cross off the weeks that are done and easily see which ones need doing. I use the Day One app to journal about my day so that if I get behind, I have notes on what happened throughout the week. Check back later for a more detailed post about the Day One app. It is an amazing tool and memory documenting tool.
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