This is a guest post from Aaron Morris aka Sir Scrapalot.
You only have ten minutes… you want to be productive, but you keep thinking to yourself, it’s only ten minutes. Your urge is to check Facebook, check your email, shop online, and do any of 10,000 other things that aren’t productive. There just isn’t any time to do anything productive.
The reality is though, that couldn’t be farther from the truth. Even those ten minutes can be productive – you just have to have a set of things you know you can do! Today, I’ve compiled a list of 9 things you can do to be a productive scrapbooker in the ten minutes you have.
9 Ten-Minute To-Do’s
- Organize and edit your photos.
- Tag and organize your scrap supplies.
- Purge your scrap supplies.
- Open a Word Document and journal for an upcoming layout.
- Visit a gallery for inspiration, comment on a few layouts.
- Post a comment on one of your favorite blogs.
- Start a layout, knowing you can come back to it later.
- Create a new signature for the forums you frequent.
- Send layouts and photos to be printed.
What things do you do when you only have a short amount of time to be productive? Is there a #10 you would add to my list? Share it in the comments below!
Take some photos! Practice your skills (say some macro, or shallow depth-of-field) or go around and grab those everyday shots you never get: the sneakers in the hallway, backpacks by the door, stuff on the counter. Maybe you’ll be inspired to do some ‘everyday’ layouts!
Ooh, I like Jenn’s idea!
Here’s another: when I have a few minutes, I pull photos from iPhoto into folders to use in future layouts. Sometimes I’ll even pull a template or a copy of an image I want to scraplift into that folder. That way, when I get thirty minutes to scrap, I can just go to my “Halloween2009” folder I made earlier (for example) and start creating right away!
Also: I’m always surprised what I can get done, housework-wise, in ten minutes. Freeing up time for those little things can mean more time scrapping later!
Make a list of ideas for future layouts or projects, including notes on possible kits, photos, or even a quick sketch. Then later when you have time but no ideas, you’ll have a list all ready to inspire you!
I got all my ACDSee tagging done in 10 minute increments last year. I am going to get caught up again doing it the same way. GREAT post.
Those are all great ideas too!!! Thanks ladies!
Clean out ONE drawer of scrapbooking supplies that has become a bit over run. JUST ONE. You can do it !