Daily Routines to Maximize Your Efficiency

I am obsessed with routines, particularly the routines that can improve efficiency. Running six separate businesses can take a significant toll mentally and energetically so it is important that I am always testing to find the daily routines, rituals and habits that can give me the edge that I need to efficiently and effectively operate. What follows are the systems that I’ve adopted for my own workflow that can support you in your own professional development.

What follows are routines that I suggest are done without negotiable. This means you schedule the time for these items first and you never schedule anything over them, nor ever bump them – despite how busy you may get. The purpose is to become more efficient.

Morning Routines
I start my mornings with either a brief meditation or a few minutes of calm breathing. My goal is to do this before I check e-mail, texts, voicemails or social media. This is the hardest of all the items to stick to because it does not feel concrete. But it is actually an imperative action. I find that the busier I get, the better I feel the longer I meditate. The longer I meditate, the more focused I can be the rest of the day. The longer I meditate the more efficient I can be. Imagine cutting your work time down significantly because you took a few minutes at the start of the day to breath. By no means am I an expert at meditating. That is not the point. The point is to meditate so you can become better at life! Take a few minutes, get comfortable, close your eyes and breath. You can think about things you are grateful for, you can think about your intentions you want for the day, you can think about the future you want to manifest. That is entirely up to you. But at minimum take 5 minutes to breath. If you can’t afford those 5 minutes, then you are simply not serious enough about becoming more efficient.

After those 5 minutes I check my daily journal. I prefer doing bullet journaling. This is quick bullet points and lines about action items and notes I have for that specific day. I write most of these the night before (see below) but will update them in the morning based upon what I feel I need to work on that day.

Day Time Routines
It is only after I’ve done those two things do I allow myself to check my e-mail, texts, voicemails and social media. Now the rest of the day is at your disposal on how you choose to organize your time.

For example, I do my best, most creative work either early in the morning or late in the evening. For example my time writing I do really well in the morning or night. Whereas in the afternoon I can’t be creative to save my life, so I save that time for responding to e-mails and doing paperwork like my invoicing.

I, of course, give top priority to the items listed in my journal. Those are the most important things I have listed that need to get done first. Once I accomplish those I can shift my focus to what every else pops up.

I also try to sweat at least 5 days a week. Typically this means I take a break from work in the afternoon (when I am at my lowest creatively) to go to the gym and sweat. Or I even will just walk away from work to take my dog for a long walk in the middle of the day. The exercise is amazing to re-energize my brain and help me get back into focus for a second wind of work in the late afternoon, early evening.

The point is, the day should be organized based upon when you do your best and most important work.

Night Time Routines
I tend to keep my nights away from my laptop. The big exception to this rule is when I am writing and I feel my creativity fire up. In that case I will hit up a late night coffee shop and write until my brain turns to mush (just my process for writing). Otherwise I actually enjoy the time away from my 15inch monitor (or my two 24 inch monitors in my office).

Each night I then pull out my journal and I will take a few minutes to write out the most important work I want to focus on the next day (what I referenced above). For example, as I am writing this I have my journal open to tomorrow’s page. My notes and action items are as follows:

  • Presentation to LSR’s Mastermind Group (9a – 10a)
  • Pick up tax documents from CPA
  • Update workshop page on website
  • FITposium website team call (6:30p)
  • Acceleration Assignment #1
  • JP Workshop Promotional E-mail Campaign

Then tomorrow morning after my meditation I will look at this entry and add to it with anything that I feel also needs my attention.

James Patrick
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This is NOT for THEM, it is for YOU

During the most recent FITposium conference we had all attendees fill out a survey ranking everything about the event. One person gave everything (including my personal presentation) a 1 on a scale of 1-10 with 1 being the worst. FITposium was not for them.

Not long ago one of my podcasts got its first 1 star review. The individual was offended by some of the language myself and the guests used on the show. The podcast was not for them.

At some point my book, which became a best seller on Amazon earlier this year, will get a bad review. The book was not made for that person.

After photographing for a client for many years, a new art director came in and no longer wanted to hire me. My photography work was not for them.

It is so easy to attach our personal worth and emotions to the feedback and reviews of every single person under the sun (and I recently wrote about the importance of feedback).

But realize that feedback should be coming from those who you create for, not from those who do not matter.

My conference, book, photography, presentations, blog, podcast, whatever – is NOT for everyone and neither is what you do!

Know who matters. Listen to them.

IGNORE everyone else.

James Patrick
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BTI #028: Featuring Joel Grimes, Commercial Photographer & Educator

In this episode of Beyond the Image, host James Patrick chats with commercial photographer and educator Joel Grimes. They discuss the success of his career in commercial advertising for over 35 years and the transition of rebranding from commercial editorial to a photography educator. With the success of his blogs and workshops, Joel has taught some of the biggest platforms around the world.

In addition, the two chat about the what factors go into creating a brand and a growing a career in the creative industry. As well as the rituals that Joel partakes in in his creative process and exploring the curiosity that he engages in when wanting to learn new things and sharing that with other photographers.

Connect with Joel Grimes online at JoelGrimes.com JoelGrimesWorkshops.com or in Instagram @joelgrimesworkshops

Be sure to subscribe for future episodes discussing how you develop your brand, market your brand and further profit from your brand as an artist! Episodes will feature interviews with creatives as well as clients themselves discussing what they look for when hiring artists. Also if you are interested in the free lighting tutorial from James Patrick Photography, or his digital download lighting workshop, please head over to JamesPatrickWorkshops.com

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The Importance of Feedback

I often write about how often we hesitate to launch something new because we are fearful of what others might thing.

We hesitate on the blog release because what if someone does not like it?

We hesitate on the podcast being published because what if no one listens?

We hesitate on the book launch because what if it gets a 1 star review?

The reality is, however, that we cannot improve anything without the launch, without the release, without it being on the market. It is your product or service being in front of the pubic (in all of its imperfections). That is how you can improve it, scale it, grow it.

Launch before you think you are ready. You need that feedback. My first blogs sucked. My first podcasts sucked. My first attempt at an e-book sucked. It gets better.

Taking it a step further, in a recent FITposium podcast I was interviewing Alex Armstrong from Gymotion Consulting. He brought up a concept I loved which is that we should be striving to get relentless feedback from our clients.

How can I better serve you?

Imagine you ask a different client every single week how you can better serve them. Imagine the amazing feedback you would get. Also realize how important that makes the client feel; that they could have such a positive impact on your business.

James Patrick
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Why THEY are NOT Successful (Hopefully Not You…)

A few weeks ago I received a DM from a photographer on Instagram. It was a short message asking how I could have so many thousands of followers on Instagram but why I am only getting a few hundred likes per photo. The intent was not innocuous. This photographer was trying to knock me down, find a flaw in my work or in my marketing.

I admit I was curious as to who would send such a stupid message trying to pick a digital fight so I looked at his page. His work was actually good. Then I checked out his engagement. He was getting thousands of likes with only a few hundred followers. That seemed backwards. So I checked the likes he was getting. They were from clickfarm accounts.

What is a clickfarm account? Fake accounts that like posts when you pay them to. Great way to look like you’re getting a lot of engagement when you’re actually not.

**SIGH**

Seriously?! Not only are you picking a stupid digital fight, but you don’t even have the legitimacy to back up your main argument?

This is why, despite having good work, you’re not successful.

What is the difference between this person and successful entrepreneurs, artists and change-markers?

The latter focus on their work.

The latter focus on who matters.

The latter focus on shipping.

If you want to be the former, caring more about trying to knock others down than doing the real work to grow your brand – then you will end up like this person.

Talent is NOT enough. This person proved that.

But that is not you. You do the work.

James Patrick
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BTI #027: We Need to STOP Doing These Things

In this episode of Beyond the Image, host James Patrick discusses the destructive thoughts and actions that creative entrepreneurs need to stop doing.

The show covers a variety of items that asks listeners to make a commitment to never doing again. The intent is not only to help artists craft better careers for themselves, it is also to create better lives for us all!

Be sure to subscribe for future episodes discussing how you develop your brand, market your brand and further profit from your brand as an artist! Episodes will feature interviews with creatives as well as clients themselves discussing what they look for when hiring artists.

Also if you are interested in the free lighting tutorial from James Patrick Photography, or his digital download lighting workshop, please head over to JamesPatrickWorkshops.com

For those interested in working with James Patrick for coaching, please visit JamesPatrick.com/coaching

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If You Are Reading This…

I am going to make some presumptions about who you are. If you are reading this, then you are someone who works hard but know there is a better path for you and that you deserve more for your effort. You are willing to do the work required, but perhaps you don’t know the specific steps to take to grow your business and your brand. You are someone who has passion, you have dedication, but you want guidance and mentorship.

You are an entrepreneur!

When we launched the Get Amped Mastermind is sold out in only 3 weeks (when we thought it would take 3 months). We learned how hungry you are to learn, to grow, to be held accountability and to get guidance on your journey to grow your career.

Because of this… I created an entrepreneur and artist coaching and mentorship program for individuals like you! Individuals who are committed to growing a successful business and are ready for that extra edge! This is the program and guidance that I personally wanted in my own journey!

We will dive deep into your brand and get into the granular details of your business so we can set goals that will challenge and motivate you. Our strategic planning may include marketing, sales and business development strategy, sales techniques, influencer status and promotion, perceived obstacles and barriers as well as developing the story of your brand.

This process and newly formed collaboration will be guided by my own insights derived from two decades of experience in developing the strategies needed to properly envision your future and orient your actions to achieve extraordinary results.

The program is perfect for you if you…

  • Are ready to be COMMITTED to your journey as an entrepreneur
  • Are ready to possess a NO-QUIT, CAN-DO attitude in your business
  • Are ready to BREAK THROUGH previous obstacles and barriers
  • Are ready to be held ACCOUNTABLE for your goals
  • Are ready to define and OWN your success on your own terms
  • Are ready to RAISE the bar and increase your prosperity

We are the artists of our own careers and we can adjust the canvas of our future through focused visioning, careful planning and purposeful action and accountability!

Contact ME today to schedule a free consultation to see if I can be of service to you in your career journey! Just send me an e-mail on my site jamespatrick.com to get the process started!

James Patrick
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BTI #026: Featuring Jesse Reiter, Golf Magazine

In this episode of Beyond the Image, host James Patrick chats with Jesse Reiter, the Photo Editor of Golf Magazine

James and Jesse discuss his 15 year career at the publication, how artists are confronted with fear in their careers, the evolution of the publication, what makes a great photo editor, the status of the print industry and why he loves working with so many various artists at the magazine.

From there Jesse gets granular on how he finds the various photographers he works with and specifically what he looks for in their portfolios. The two also discuss in detail the rebrand of Golf Magazine and his creative vision for the photography moving forward.

Be sure to subscribe for future episodes discussing how you develop your brand, market your brand and further profit from your brand as an artist! Episodes will feature interviews with creatives as well as clients themselves discussing what they look for when hiring artists.

Also if you are interested in the free lighting tutorial from James Patrick Photography, or his digital download lighting workshop, please head over to JamesPatrickWorkshops.com

Thanks for tuning in!

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BTI #025: Good vs. Bad Competition

In this episode of Beyond the Image, host James Patrick discusses the difference between good and bad competition.

Specifically he addresses what makes a good competitor and why we should strive to compete against the best in our industry and contrasts that with the distractions that a bad competition can have upon our businesses.

Be sure to subscribe for future episodes discussing how you develop your brand, market your brand and further profit from your brand as an artist! Episodes will feature interviews with creatives as well as clients themselves discussing what they look for when hiring artists.

Also if you are interested in the free lighting tutorial from James Patrick Photography, or his digital download lighting workshop, please head over to JamesPatrickWorkshops.com

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What You May Have Missed

The James Patrick Photography and FITposium team have been white hot with pumping out career changing content. I wanted to key listeners into a few very important podcasts our team has recently released.

FITposium Podcast featuring Chris Harder
Discussion on making 2019 your most successful year to date.
Listen on iTunes
Listen/Stream from FITposium.com

Beyond the Image Episode 18
How to make more revenue in 2019
Listen on iTunes
Listen/Stream from Libsyn

Beyond the Image Featuring Christine Reilly, WWE
Interview with the photo director of the WWE
Listen on iTunes
Listen/Stream from Libsyn

FITposium podcast featuring Billy Polson
Creating your 2019 vision and goal strategy
Listen on iTunes
Listen/Stream from FITposium.com

Happy Listening!

James Patrick
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