Welcome to the first Nerd Nest Challenge of the year! This year, get ready for monthly memory keeping challenges on the first Monday of each month. Need extra inspiration? A Nerd Nest Creative Team member will be here every Monday with their takes on the challenge!
Many challenges will center around a type of story to tell, but this month the challenge is a little different. In the past, I’ve done challenges in January relating to goal setting, but this time I’d love for the challenge to be more action oriented. Therefore January’s challenge is to Set Yourself Up for Success.
Rather than just setting a goal, this challenge is to take steps to ensure you accomplish the goal.
Is your memory keeping goal to take more photos? Set up a way to track your progress. Do you want to journal more? Start a separate journal, organize a digital method, or try a planner. Want to learn a new skill? Break it up into steps, and give yourself deadlines on a calendar.
For this challenge, you might purchase and familiarize yourself with an app. You might reorganize or move your workspace. You might schedule yourself time to be creative each week. You might test out a new method you are considering.
My memory keeping goals for this year are consistent with my 2015 approach–I want to continue combining pocket scrapbooking and traditional scrapbooking to document everyday stories and special events. I’m pretty happy with my approach so far, but looking through my 2015 albums, my favorite pages tend to feature photos taken with my DSLR.
I took fewer big camera photos in 2015 than previous years. Partially because the camera always in my pocket has never been better, and partially because babies / toddlers can make big camera use more complicated (it’s hard to convince myself to bring a diaper bag AND a camera bag out and there are only so many toddler-proof places to set down the camera in my house).
I rely on my phone to take photos often, and while that won’t change entirely, I want to make more of an effort to bust out the big camera this year.
To set myself up for success for this goal, I cleared off a few high-up places to set the camera away from curious toddler hands around the house rather than storing it in the camera bag. Having the camera easily accessible really increased the amount of photos I take with my DSLR (and the amount of photos Jake takes).
I’ve also made more of an effort to bring the big camera out for me–opting to just throw a few diapers and wipes into my smaller camera backpack rather than dragging out a diaper bag and camera bag for shorter events.
It’s a small memory keeping goal, but using my DSLR more will make me more excited to create memory keeping projects with photos I’m excited about and will help me to improve my photography skills as the year goes on.
I put my goals into action in a sort of a practice run throughout December for my holiday album and I’m going strong in my first spread for my 2016 album! There’s still a mix of phone and DSLR photos on this spread, but the big camera photos outweigh the phone ones instead of the other way around.
A few other ways I’m setting myself up for memory keeping success this year:
- I’m using a planner to jot down little things I want to remember as I think of them.
- I’m setting aside a bit of time every weekend to organize and back-up my photos from the week.
- I’m setting up reminders before my monthly Day in the Life project, which I’ll be doing on the 17th each month this year.
- I’m researching photo printers to buy–I’ve been having to send out for photos the last few months and it really slows me down.
Whatever your memory keeping goal is for 2016, think of a way you can put it into action!
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