Ever done one of those Briggs Myers personality tests that describes your traits? Pretty fascinating stuff.
Hey baby, I’m a ENFP, how ’bout you?
After being in the photography business awhile I’ve noticed similar traits with most of my friends who are in the biz who describe themselves as an “Artist” first and foremost:
Prone to periods of great bursts of activity and productivity, followed by periods of despair, self loathing, drinking and getting abso-fucking-lutely nothing done.
Night owl tendencies, erratic sleep schedules and bouts of insomnia.
They find themselves easily overwhelmed by too much change too quickly before they can process it.
Today I got my daily email from my friend Jamie over at The Modern Tog. If you didn’t find this blog via Jamie, and you don’t subscribe to her blog and newsletter, you should do so RIGHT NOW. Not even kidding, she’s the shit.Jamie has always described herself as a business person first and an artist second. That’s why Jamie can run a successful photography business and run a blog, and if I didn’t love her, I’d hate her. There are some people, like Jamie, who can use both sides of their brain ALL THE TIME. I know, it’s amazing.
In today’s email she talked about letting go of her perfectionist tendencies to get everything done in a day.
“I have people asking me all the time how I get everything done. How do I write to you almost daily AND blog AND run my photography business AND create a course AND spend time with my family and everything else that goes with life.
I have to consciously let go of my perfectionism and my unnecessary expectations.”
Here’s my confession: In my dreams, I would be a perfectionist. In my addled predominantly right-brained artists head where fairies live half the time, I think that if I had my shit together in spreadsheets my life would be 1000% better. I bet Jamie has spreadsheets for like EVERYTHING in her life. In my mind while I am picking lint out of my bellybutton and googling funny rabbit photos when I have 4 weddings to edit, Jamie is ticking off yet another thing on her to do list spreadsheet before 6AM while her well dressed children play quietly at her feet.
But that’s not really true, is it?
God Jamie, please tell me it isn’t Being a perfectionist is just as debilitating for her some days to get shit done as it is for me not being able to focus.
Humans are adaptable, and to be successful as an artist and a business person you have to find what works for you and adapt it so it’s not overwhelming. No one piece of software works for all of us. No one client management system, no one accounting system.
I talked recently in this post about some unpleasant stuff. What I’ve come to realize over the years that the best way to navigate your way successfully through your business is to do things that make sense to YOUR brain. There is no one right and true way to do anything.
Except taxes. Don’t fuck with that.
But what is important is that you set yourself up for success. Don’t commit to a costly studio management service if you hate data entry and spreadsheets make you sweat and the likelihood of you actually doing it is unlikely.
Up until a few years ago I did all my accounting in a ledger with a pencil. One of those old fashioned black dealies. My accountant assured me that while that was fine and perfectly legal, I’d just be doing a little more work than someone who entered it into an accounting program. With some time and some deep cleansing breaths, I was able to transition into a software program that didn’t overwhelm me. That’s how THIS ENFP rolls.
We’re working on something a bit different than a studio management system . It’s less of an accounting dealie than a “How to get your shit organized so if die no one hates you” dealie.
We’re hoping we come up with a better name than that, though. And now that I’ve distracted myself long enough with this blog post, back to work on that dealie. In the meantime, if you want to see some really funny bunny photos, this is hilarious.