Appointments – Manage Your Time Better At Home to Be Effective

What would happen to you if your home life was more organized than it is right now? Can work-life balance be achieved? What are the tools at our disposal? Could scheduling appointments and keeping them at home help us save time and prioritize?What is the challenge we face? I sometimes find that time spent at home can be the busiest time, especially in the times we live in. Imagine someone working from home, home-schooling children, and sometimes even doing a side hustle. Imagine also the full-time home-based entrepreneur. How do they manage to do all they need to do in a day?. We are living in a time when many entrepreneurs and even company employees have adopted work- at – home culture. This comes with its challenges as the lines become blurred between home and work. These blurred lines and constraints on the limited resource called time result in over-worked, under-rested, burnt-out individuals. Whilst good time management has been encouraged and indeed, embraced in the workplace, I believe more needs to be done in changing the mindset for the elusive work-life balance to be achieved.What are the tools at our disposal? To manage time effectively at home, there are many interventions one can employ including setting goals for the day, prioritizing wisely, setting a time limit for every task, organizing oneself, and instituting the discipline of appointments. Yes, an appointment at home! We can spend time pontificating on the pros and cons of each intervention, however, I believe we need to focus on appointments and see how this can powerfully change the course of one’s day regardless of whether it’s a workday or weekend. Life is busy as it is without any intrusions. The question is how do you handle the one who announces that they are at the gate. These can be friends, neighbors, a salesman of some product you do not even need. I am not promoting regimentation here but rather a culture of filling your day with what’s important. Everything that we succeed at is because we carefully plan and execute it. I am a firm believer that you cannot manage time if you do not manage yourself thus I implore you to incorporate planning and appointments into your repertoire. I am not talking about something I do not do. I have to achieve many things in a day therefore I set appointments with my work, others, and myself.Could scheduling appointments and keeping them on the home front help us save time and prioritize? Whereas we have established that it is a normal business practice to set appointments and keep them, we need to abandon the liberal open-door policy of allowing all and sundry to have access to us as and when they please on the home front. Please understand where I am coming from. We each have greatness within us but for us to achieve it we need to culture great habits. Employing the use of appointments at home and seeing only those people you had agreed to see removes non-essential encounters especially during the most productive hours. I know this will vary with culture, geographical region, or even level of affluence, whether you live in a low density or high-density residential area, but doesn’t negate the need to be organized and effective. Controlling access determines how organized you are and how well you will work and rest when the time for scheduled rest comes.What do we need to do differently? We need to be disciplined and diligent, learn to say no, now is not a good time, let’s make an appointment for next week. What are the benefits of this approach? You are not always fire-fighting to meet deadlines, You are not always tired because you have not taken time out to rest. You have set aside enough time to spend with your loved ones or a loved one. If you are a busy person, I am sure you appreciate what I am saying. Whether it’s time to work uninterrupted, family time, or “me-time”, it takes some kind of order to enjoy it.I am not saying that those that come unannounced are bad people. No, not at all, they probably are people you enjoy spending time with. Nevertheless, there must be prior communication so that you can attend to your visitor(s) when it is convenient for both you and them. It can be quite disrupting and a whole day can just pass by without achieving anything that you had planned to do.As we grow older we begin to appreciate that rest and recovery need to be scheduled. The fact that I am relaxing doesn’t mean that I don’t have anything to do. One therefore cannot assume that just because you are at home you are available. Maybe you have scheduled that time to rest. That is important. You need to make an appointment with yourself, spouses need to also set aside time for each other. Parents need to schedule a time to spend with their children. When you have some sort of order in your life you determine who sees you and who you see. It also means that your relationships will be healthy and that makes you a happier person.In conclusion, I believe that the work-life balance can be achieved. There are many tools at our disposal just like it is in the workplace.I believe we could do more and be happier if we are disciplined enough to make only the commitments we can keep.I am certain that setting appointments and keeping them at home help us save time and prioritize.

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How to Choose the Best Studio for a Family Photography

Photos will always hold our memories dear all the time, and this is why most of us hire professional photographers. Despite the photographer is good, one should always look for photography studio as the session will not be affected by the outside weather. You can still conduct your shoot even when it is raining or snowing outside. Choosing studio photography also gives you full control of a wide range of features such as lighting, and you can select location shooting, which gives you access to security and privacy.

If you and your loved ones decide to opt for studio photography, there are higher chances you won’t know which studio to pick. If you choose to look for one online, you will end up confused by the various options available. One can also choose to ask a friend, but the best way out is to consider the following factors.

First, one should only consider a studio with backdrops. The background brings all the difference between a good and a great picture. Having this in mind, one should be careful when choosing the background during your photoshoot session. The only way to have an outstanding background is if the studio has backdrops. Here you get a chance to choose which background will best store the memories. Before deciding which studio to hire, make sure you ask them to show what range of backdrops they offer.

The second thing one should look into is the studio size. You do not want to be congested in your family photos. For this reason, look for a studio that is spacious and in a position to accommodate the whole tame or crew. Before deciding on the size of the studio, have your theme and format into account.

The other thing one should look into before choosing a studio is the type of equipment and tools available. The quality of photos is highly dependent on the equipment and tools available in a studio. Here one should start by looking whether the studio has proper lighting. Other amenities that will make the shoot worth remembering include an Octabox, a softbox, among others. These tools and equipment make a shoot smooth to execute. One should look for equipment and tools that will bring out the theme well.

Additionally, one should consider the photographers available. Although a studio has all it takes to execute a smooth shoot, the quality of photos is highly dependent on the photographer. For this reason, one should look for a studio that has competent photographers. Check how child and family-friendly they are before making a decision. In addition to this, one should look at how many successful family photography session they have handled in the past and what is their style. Each photographer has his or her own style to take photos, and you need to consider whether you like the style or not.

Finally, one should consider the studios’ schedule. It is difficult to have the whole family together at times, and thus you need to look for a studio that is flexible.

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