One of the pre-class assignments in the Finding Photo Freedom workshop this year is to create an EQ - an Enough Quotient, a determination of what is enough for you to feel successful and satisfied with scrapbooking. Setting our own EQ allows us to take a good look at our current schedules and enables us to set realistic expectations for the wonderful hobby of scrapbooking and preserving memories. There was a worksheet provided so we could assess our current schedule and then a worksheet for filling in our EQ.
I am one of those people who thrive on routines and organization, so it was easy to fill in the weekly schedule handout. I always do paperwork and pay bills on Monday mornings and do house cleaning on Wednesdays, etc. I included the time I spend blogging and on message boards and email, plus I designate Thursday afternoons for scrapbooking. (Very convenient since all the new BPC class materials come out on Thursday, right?)
Then I started working on my EQ – some of the items are activities that I’ve already been doing and have scheduled on my calendar (especially the monthly digital workflow items). However, this activity really got me thinking about what truly is ENOUGH for me. My original list was actually what I would like to accomplish each year rather than just the minimum that would make me happy. So, I now have two lists – my EQ and my Wish List. My Wish List includes all those other things I’d like to do if I have the time/money/inspiration, but they don’t necessarily have to be done for me to feel fulfilled in this great hobby. I am determined to make the effort and schedule time for the items on my EQ list, and anything extra from my Wish List is like icing on the cake!
· upload & quick edits to digital photos
· digital workflow (tag, rate, upload for printing)
· create digital monthly overview layout
· 2-3 traditional/hybrid layouts
· create digital year-in-review page
· create blog book from previous year’s blog posts
· display photos from past 6 months on digital frame
· blog 3+ times per week
· participate in 3-4 online class per year
· share completed layouts on blog and/or online galleries
My Wish List:
· 1-2 layouts
· create cards for next month’s birthdays, anniversaries, etc
· try/learn a new technique (photo edits, art journaling)
· 2-3 mini-albums/projects (Dec. Daily, LSNED, etc)
· handmade Christmas gifts
· host one crop here
· read & comment on blogs, message boards, galleries
· listen to Paperclipping Roundtable & other inspirational podcasts/presentations
What do you think? Would an EQ be helpful and beneficial to you? Or would you rather simply set goals or just take it one day at a time?
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