Have you been searching for the best software or app to organize your digital photos or print and share them? There are just so many software solutions, apps and cloud storage services available these days. They all seem to do one thing the others don’t but you’re not sure which is best for you. You’re not tech savvy enough to know which one is the best or if you are, you definitely don’t have the time to do the research. You just need someone to tell you which is the best software app or program and you’ll get it done, right?
Except that new & improved software is not the solution where organization is the problem. The truth is that you probably already have a decent software program for organizing your digital photos on your computer, phone or tablet. Or several of them…So, are your photos organized yet? Hmmm, I think I’m onto something.
Software without a system won’t help you get your photos into a beautiful gallery wall in your living room or photo album on your coffee table. But a simple, efficient system can.
So, let’s talk systems, shall we? Professional organizers and productivity experts are always using this S word but it sounds so complicated, right? You hear the word System and think lots of intricate steps, fancy software features and a ton of time invested. It can be…but it doesn’t have to be. In fact, the best systems I know are those in their simplest form. I like this definition from Merriam-Webster: an organized or established procedure.
Another way to think of System is something that saves you stress, time, energy and money. Can’t take credit for that one either but I really like it. That’s it. A system is a set of simple steps you repeat over and over again that save you stress, time, energy and money.
Instead of looking for new software or an app to download, think about how you can create a better system- or established set of steps. The best system to help you get your digital photos in order will:
- Be as simple as possible- I often refer to this quote from French writer, Antoine de Saint-Exupery: “Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away”
- Be repeatable- Consistency is key!
- Fit your personality & preferences- What works wonderfully for your best friend, might not work for you at all.
- Help you accomplish YOUR goals- People enjoy photos in different ways. My sister-in-law is great at getting photos into frames and displaying them throughout her home. Your neighbor lives to scrapbook. You just want to get calendars together for the Grandparents at Christmas or maybe you’d rather display your photos digitally. Whatever your goals, make sure they’re truly YOURS. Just because SuperMom in your mom’s group has all four of her children’s lives scrapbooked from their birth story, holidays, birthdays through their current grade doesn’t mean that’s the RIGHT way to do it. Phew, that’s a relief, right?
If this post has you rethinking how you’re going to rescue your digital photos from your drives and devices, I’ve got a workshop coming up at the end of the month that you’re really going to like. It’s called PhotoJoy and you can click on the button here to get more information, tips and updates.