I decided that I wanted to be able to take a few months off of my regularly scheduled work program, but I wasn’t sure how to go about doing that. How does one simply stop working but still make the train keep chugging?
BATCH WORKING! I didn’t know that was a thing until I started doing it naturally. And that’s my point here – I think it is natural to do this. Batch working allows a state of creative flow and maximizes our potential to put out cohesive content.
Batch working is pretty simple. It’s when you group together like content and produce that content all together, rather than spread apart over long periods of time.
I’ve recently used the batch working process to write 25 blog posts in one day, and record 24 videos in one day!
It sounds impossible, right? And yes, some people will be more or less prolific in their ability to batch work. I’m particularly well suited to batch working because I focus easily and I love a juicy and hard-to-achieve goal. But you don’t have to be some content-producing mastermind to dive in.
1. Find your purpose first. If you understand your long-term mission, you’ll find it easier to focus on the work that will take you there rather than feeling scattered. Take copious notes here. Draw up vision boards.
2. How can you be a resource to your community? If you understand the ways in which you can give most successfully, you can spend your time doing those things without guilt. Make lists and hone in on what aligns with you!!!
3. Spend a lot of time planning your specific content before you make your content. This is perhaps the most important point. Take the time to write spreadsheets or detailed lists about the exact content you want to make, the long-term plan for it, and how it will impact your community.
4. Clear your schedule entirely by doing the work ahead of time. Emails? Get to “Inbox 0” before batch working. Meetings, social media, etc….do it all in advance so that you can spend the time you need to batch.
5. Write notes for yourself. If you’re creating a lot at once, know exactly what your plan is. Before I was able to record 24 videos in 5 hours, I spent many more hours writing notes for each video, prepping files, and going over my talking points.
6. Motivate yourself to get through the work by reminding yourself of how much content you’re producing. I like to think in terms of weekly releases. For example, by making 24 videos, I produced 6 months of weekly content.
7. Action > Perfection. Keep reminding yourself of that as you batch. You an always scrap something you made later, but you can’t release something you never created in the first place.
8. Creative flow: figure out how you are creatively effected in terms of where you work, noise you like playing (or silence), snacks/drinks, and anything else that soothes you, like candles/scents.
9. Batch! Remember when producing your content to match like-content together. Choose one day for photographing (try 3 images at one location instead of just one!), one day for writing (try creating 10 social media posts in one day!), etc.
10. Long term planning. Create a production calendar with deadlines that are realistic yet challenging. Write your do to list every evening for the next day so that you don’t feel overwhelmed with just the big goals and deadlines.
Find a sweet spot that works for you. It might not be 25 blog posts in one day, but make it 5. We all work at different speeds. Don’t be ashamed of whatever speed you work at.
The important thing to remember when batch working is that it’s all about creative flow and productivity. Set yourself up for success. If you wake up and feel off, don’t push it. Get yourself into the flow and let it happen organically when possible. But always be proactive in your attempts to get yourself into that headspace.
As for me, I’ve got to edit the videos I recorded, write another 50 blog posts, create newsletter templates, upload to YouTube, and produce 10 photo shoots with behind-the-scenes content. Needless to say, I’ve got another 1-2 months of work ahead of me before this “time-off” experiment kicks into full swing 😀
Loves, is there anything better than having a one-stop-shop for costumes while giving to charity at the same time?
I’m moving, and so I decided to downsize my extensive photo shoot wardrobe. I’ve got 20 pieces listed for sale, and 100% of the proceeds goes to The Light Space, my photography-based charity that serves refugees and those vulnerable to trafficking.
By buying one of my costumes, you are helping to give someone at-risk and vulnerable a future in the arts, either through healing, self-expression, or as a viable career option.
And the best part is, others have joined in! Check out all of the costumes and props below, and if you can bid, please do! It truly goes to a good cause. Everyone listed here is giving 100% of the money to The Light Space, so it’s a purchase you can feel good about. Have your cake and eat it, too. Or in this case, have your costume and give to charity, too. Well, it sort of worked.
Check these out too! They are all listed with 100% of the proceeds going to my charity. Hooray for kind individuals with similar costume and prop habits! Have a look at the following listings to see if any of their costumes or props might tickle your fancy!
When you bid on these items, you are agreeing to give 100% of the bid to Blossomy Project. The Light Space is an official program of the 501(c)3 nonprofit Blossomy Project. The founder of Blossomy, Laura Price, is my co-founder in TLS. All donations via these sales will be given to The Light Space.
The money raised will go directly toward: teacher salary and cameras for graduating students.
Please share with anyone who could benefit from this!
I started Promoting Passion years ago. It was a way of
bringing together two seemingly opposed words: promoting, and passion. What if,
I thought, we could learn to share our passion confidently, and in doing so
inspire others to be confident in their passion? How could that change the
I started a blog.
And then a convention.
And now a tour.
Because education, inspiration, and community should be
accessible. Because without a family of creative weirdos, we too often feel
alone. Because why the hell not.
Six weeks ago I set out on the Promoting Passion tour. This
tour allowed us to come together as a family of 800. With sponsorship from Sony
and Sony Alpha Female, I was able to bring accessible education and inspiration
around the world.
I visited: London, Seattle, Los Angeles, Dallas, Atlanta,
Chicago, New York City, Toronto, Vancouver, and Melbourne. Without Sony
believing in the message of Promoting Passion, I could not have made this tour
possible, and certainly not at the price point I was able to. They went all in
to support us.
I just got home from spending 5 weeks on the road. It was a grueling schedule. Travel – event – travel – event – repeat. I would have broken under the pressure of it if not for my best and most trusted friend, KD. She was there every step of the way to support, encourage, and lift us all up. When the curtains closed, she cleaned every event space, made sure I had food to eat at the end of a 12 hour event day, carried bags and boxes, and truly cared about all of our well-being. If you have one goal in this life, it should be to find a friend that comes close to her. It is rare, and she is precious.
The theme of the tour was legacy. How do you cultivate a
legacy with all the noise around us? What steps can we take to roadmap our way
to being legends?
I laid it out as best as I could: my own personal path to
legacy, and an open invitation for others to join me. It was beautiful. There
were so many tears and so many laughs. Thousands of hugs. New friends and old.
Paths forged before my eyes. Artists blooming everywhere I looked.
Not all of us get to understand the impact we can have on
others in our lifetime. But I witnessed on this tour, without a doubt, that we
are all making a dent. That we are all touching someone. That we have the
ability to exceed our most narrow limitations and to soar above our potential.
But only – ONLY – if you respond to the call. If you respond
to your ability to make change.
Response – ability. Take it or leave it. That is the choice
we are all given.
Each group was so different. The energies different, the hugs, the talks, the essence of each tour stop. But one thing remained. We are all artists, and we have something to say. With resilience and pride I watched people find their legacy, watched them say it out loud for the first time, or embody it truly.
My legacy is to inspire creativity in others. Or at least,
that’s what it is right now. This tour made me feel like I’m getting closer to
that legacy. And it made me want to reach higher, gain more, and give more.
I am so very thankful for everyone who joined me on tour. To
everyone who gave me a hug, gave me a knowing look, let me know we are
connected, let me know I am not alone in my fears. To everyone – you are my
creative family, and with each other we raise the tide for everyone.
I will leave you with a quote that I shared in my lecture on
tour, one that I hope you are taking to heart right now, and one that inspires
me to keep chasing my legacy:
“If I accept you as you are, I will make you worse; however, if I treat you as though you are what you are capable of becoming, I help you become that.” – Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
If you came on tour with me, I’d love to hear your takeaways. And if I didn’t get to see you this time, then next time, it’s for you.
Sending you all my most precious creative energy, Brooke
Y’all, what a night. What a week. What a journey these few months have been. I went from a strong concept for a photo series to creating the images and knowing in my heart that it didn’t work. So, I tweaked the concept, made new images, and it failed even worse.
Then I took a step back and rethought the situation again, this time only taking into account what spoke to me and not what I thought I should be doing (why haven’t I learned by now?). And, in the past 10 days, I have produced some work that I am most proud of in all my portfolio.
But then the time came to share it with my gallery. In all these months, even as the days quickly tick by to my exhibition in June, I hadn’t shown them anything. That’s some foundational trust right there. But today I decided it was time. With 7 images nearly complete and a few more on the way, I sent it.
I shared the individual images as well as composites of how they would be exhibited. I hit send on that email and held my breath, literally refreshing my email every few seconds to see if a response had come. I was so anxious, my heart beat out of my chest. The waiting is the worst part.
What if they hate it? How will I make a whole new series in a month? How will I produce something worthy of a NYC solo exhibition? Will I have to do a retrospective of my current body of work instead of showcasing something new? What if they cancel the show?
And then all of those questions fled. The email came in. She loves it. They all love it at the gallery. And with a few words, I remembered that these relationships, while fundamentally business, are also family. JoAnne, Tayler, and everyone at the JoAnne Artman Gallery support me like I am family. They have for almost 8 years.
They took a chance on me as a baby artist. Only 23 years old with extremely little experience. They not only gave me a show with them, but they chose to represent me. To bring me up as an emerging artist and showcase my work. They believed it was important. They still do.
And that gives me chills. There are days that I can’t believe I have support like that. Mornings I wake up and doubt my vision, times I think no one cares. But then nights like this come along, where I get so much support from someone who never had to take a chance on me, and I remember how incredibly supported I am.
I can’t wait for this show. I think it’s going to be beautiful. I really do.
If you want to come to the opening, here are the details: