Why do we procrastinate when it comes to preserving our photo memories?
We all say that we want to preserve our photo memories. That someday we’ll get around to it. We want to do preserve them because we don’t want them lost or thrown away and because we don’t want to be forgotten.
But the photos are still sitting in boxes and bins or old photo albums stored in the closet or the basement or in drawers and cabinets waiting for that someday.
The definition of the word “procrastinate”, according to the Merriam Webster dictionary, is “to put off intentionally and habitually; to put off intentionally the doing of something that should be done.”
We all know that we should preserve our photos but we don’t. So, why do we procrastinate, especially when it comes to our photos?
According to the website “Solving Procrastination” there are many reasons why people procrastinate; here are a few:
- Fear of failure – you’ll never get it all done
- Lack of motivation – you have other things to do right now
- Lack of energy – you’re too tired
- Laziness – unwillingness to put in the effort to achieve your goals
- The need for instant gratification and therefore not willing to stick it out to complete the process
- Lack of perseverance or the ability to maintain goal-driven behavior when faced with obstacles
- Distractibility or the inability to focus your attention on one thing for a given period of time
I would like to add a few of my own that I have heard from individuals pertaining to their photos:
- Unwillingness to make the time
- Finding excuses such as I’m too busy or I don’t have the space to work
- I don’t have a dedicated space to work
- I don’t know where to start
So, how can you find a way to overcome your procrastination? Here are some suggestions:
- Understand your WHY – Why do you want to preserve your photos? Really think about this question and answer it from your heart. There is a reason why you took your photos in the first place and there is a reason why you have saved them all these years. Write down your reasons and share them with other family members.
- Set your GOALS – What do you want to be able to do with your photos? Do you want to share them with family and friends? Do you want to be able to access them from anywhere at any time? Do you want to create special photo books? Really think about what your ultimate outcome is for your project and write it down. Visualize the final outcome.
- Create a PLAN – Don’t try to tackle everything at once. It has taken you a lifetime to accumulate your photos so you won’t be able to complete all your projects in a week, or a month, or even several months. Be realistic. Break the work into smaller tasks and then prioritize them. Write down your plan and share it with a friend or family member who will be your cheerleader and keep you going.
- Put your plan into ACTION – Schedule time on your calendar as if it were a doctor appointment or a hair appointment and then keep to it. Reward yourself along the way. Share what you have done with family members or friends. Stay focused on your goals.
- Have FUN! – Don’t look at this as something you have to do but something you want to do. Play music that you enjoy in the background. Turn it into a game rather than a chore.
There are many reasons why you might procrastinate when it comes to preserving your photos. But if you understand your why when it comes to preserving your photos then hopefully you will develop a strategy to overcome your pracrastination and get started.