Two years ago this very month, I created a 10 week Digital Photo Organizing Challenge to provide motivation and a blueprint for completing what is typically a daunting organizing project for most of us. Over these past two years, thousands of you have completed the Challenge and reaped the benefits of an organized digital photo collection.
For a while now, I’ve wanted to revisit this Challenge series with a fresh eye and make it even more useful. Since this month is Save Your Photos Month, it seems like the perfect time to re-introduce the series in it’s new and improved format. I invite you to follow along each week as I revamp and republish each assignment in the 10-week series on Fridays.
This time around, I’ll dive a bit deeper into the topics by including video tutorials, checklists and printables and some pretty new graphics 🙂
Let’s get started.
Even the most organized among us struggles with disorganization when it comes to photos. Our digital photo collections are particularly messy, since we take so many photos from so many different devices, without ever giving much thought to what images we will keep, where we will store them, and how we will ever retrieve them if we need them.
As a former APPO-certified photo organizer, I’ve helped many clients bring order to their digital photo chaos. I’m super excited to help YOU as well!
HOW DOES THE 10-WEEK DIGITAL PHOTO ORGANIZING CHALLENGE WORK?
Every week for 10 weeks, we’ll tackle a specific step of the digital photo organizing process. At the end of the post, there will be a set of assignments to complete during the week as part of the photo organizing process. This time around, I’ll provide a printable To Do list you can use as a weekly guide.
The Digital Photo Organizing Challenge assignments are as follows:
- Week 1 – Establish your hub
- Week 2 – Inventory your collection
- Week 3 – Create a backup system
- Week 4 – Create your core file structure
- Week 5 – Sort images
- Week 6 – Remove duplicates
- Week 7 – Rename images
- Week 8 – Add tags/ratings
- Week 9 – Create a maintenance plan
- Week 10 – Celebrate and share
This challenge does require you to complete the assignments in the order in which they are assigned, as each set of tasks builds upon the previous ones. So, if you have a really busy week and aren’t able to complete the assignment, go ahead and complete it the following week, knowing that you’ll be a week behind. If it takes you longer than 10 weeks to complete the Challenge, no worries. You’ll still reap the benefits of an organized photo collection that you can fully enjoy when you get to the end of the process!
HOW DO I PREPARE FOR THE 10 WEEK DIGITAL PHOTO ORGANIZING CHALLENGE?
As with any organizing challenge, there are three things that you can do to set yourself up for success.
1. Know Your “Why”
In order to sustain your motivation throughout the course of any organizing challenge, it’s critical that you focus on the reasons why you’re doing it in the first place. What are your goals for the end of the Digital Photo Organizing Challenge?
For some of you, it might be the peace of mind knowing that you’ve finally backed up your digital photo collection . For others, the goal might be to spend less time searching for important images for that photo book/gift that you want to create. Write down your vision for your newly organized digital photo collection at the end of the challenge. Refer to it when you feel your motivation waning.
2. Find a Challenge Buddy
Find a friend to do the challenge along with you. You will be so much more likely to follow through with the challenge assignments if you have an accountability partner who will be checking in regularly to see your progress. Challenge buddies can serve to encourage one another, and provide another perspective on how to approach an organizing challenge. It’s more fun than taking on the challenge alone!
You can also find support and encouragement from others who are going through the Challenge in my private Facebook group. Join here!
3. Schedule Challenge “Appointments”
As with all organizing/decluttering tasks, you’ll need to make a firm commitment to making the weekly photo organizing assignments priority this fall. My best advice for your is to plan appointments in your calendar each week in order to complete the challenge assignments. The length and number of appointments may vary, depending on the size and the current state of your photo collection. Treat those appointments as sacred.
4. Grab Your Free Digital Photo Organizing Resources
I’ve created a Digital Photo Organizing Tool Kit as a companion resource for Challenge participants. Also, be sure to download this Digital Photo Organizing Challenge Checklist/Planner to help you stay on track and motivated over the coming weeks:
5. Sign Up for Weekly Challenge Emails
Want to make sure you don’t miss a Challenge assignment? Click the button below to have the weekly Digital Photo Organizing Challenge assignments sent directly to your email inbox:
So…Whose with me?
Let me know if you’ re joining me in the Digital Photo Organizing Challenge this time around! See you next Friday for your first assignment.