Holiday Shoot Survival Guide | Assignment Desk Blog – The holidays are coming up, and as a camera operator things can get a little hectic around this time of year. Between the shopping sprees, decorating and festivities, family gatherings, throw in a few shoot days and the next thing you know you are having a full blown panic attack on how to balance your schedule. It can be overwhelming, but don’t worry. We have a few tips and tricks to balancing your work and personal life here at Assignment Desk.
Balancing work and home life can be exceptionally difficult, especially during this time of year. During the holiday season, it seems time escapes you, and you do not have enough of it to fit all your workload and parties into one time frame, but there are plenty of ways to organize your priorities.
Start by making a categorized list of work and home life responsibilities. Afterwards, organize each list into the highest priority. Then, combine the two lists. Your list should start with the highest priority to the lowest priority. Are there any days you absolutely can’t work? Are there any clients you absolutely refuse to say no to? Go through your list and mark off what works for you!
Through the Assignment Desk app, clients can book shoots with you, and you can easily add information to your calendar. Use your calendar to organize and plan out your week. You are hosting a holiday party on Friday at 6pm, and you have four shoots Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday. Use the calendar to plan out your week. There are specific features on the calendar that allow you to view your daily, weekly, and monthly schedule simultaneously.
Additionally, use organizers and planners to write out your schedule and plan out your day. You have a shoot locally at 6pm, but you need to finish up some last minute shopping. If you have a difficult time utilizing your time, use an hourly planner to plan out your day-to-day. Use those organizers and planners to prioritize your responsibilities and balance your work and home life.
It’s okay to say, “No”
The most important thing to do is to take care of yourself. If you find yourself stressing over the next shoot or spending too much time focusing on work, you are free to say, “No.” Saying “No” is okay and you more than likely won’t destroy ties with a client – especially if you refer a friend to help step in!