Block Working for Photographers

If you haven't already heard, block working is certainly the trendy way of getting things done at the moment. I recently applied it to my working week and it has pretty much freed up one entire day most weeks.

If you haven't heard about this before, block working is a way of doing certain related tasks back to back to save time. Similar to doing a weekly food shop rather than a daily one. I am usually a late adopter to these things, and this was no exception. But after my girlfriend explaining the merits, I thought I would give it a go. 

It is the single best thing that I have changed to the way I work. It allows me to produce far more Fstoppers content, start a YouTube channel, always be on time for instagram content, and still keep on top with actually being a photographer. The actual concept seems pretty obvious, and I am sure many of you already do it without calling it block working, but if it isn't something you do, give it a go and you will be amazed at just how much more work you can get done. In this video I show you how I go through my working week and plan it. Allowing for the obvious changes to plan that happen as photographers and explaining how I deal with the u-turns that professional life throws at me. 

I think where it can really become effective is for those who are pushing photography on the side of a full or part time job. Making sure that you utilize the hours that you have available is really important. By aligning this with your weekly and monthly goals, I am certain that you would get far more done. 

Let me know if you have any other time saving work hacks. 

Scott Choucino's picture

Food Photographer from the UK. Not at all tech savvy and knows very little about gear news and rumours.

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"The great thing about being a Freelancer is the free time in between".
To which I add: "Spending that free time trying to fill it up with paying jobs".

Another point, I find it hard to think of anything that is unimportant AND urgent. Unimportance renders the task non-urgent by definition. Important tasks urgent or not but unimportant tasks have earned their non-urgency fair and square.

I am fortunate to be very busy and shoot 2-6 times a week with an average of 3 shoots per week. Most are architecture but some commercial portraiture. The challenge is scheduling, as buildings are scheduled for completion that always goes long and thus needs re-scheduling. Requests for new dates means juggling other clients and so on as the calendar conflicts cascade.