Recently, I began to reflect on why my productivity. I realized that I, like many others, find all sorts of excuses for not getting the camera out to practice, experiment, or complete personal projects. Here is a list of some of my excuses. (there is no particular order.
- It is too cold
- It is too hot
- I am not inspired
- I have too many ideas going around in my mind
- There is nothing exciting around here
- It is too crowded
- There are not enough people
- I am too busy
- I don’t have time
- I am bored
- I am not creative enough
- No one wants to pose for me
- No one wants to pay
- I don’t have the right equipment
- I don’t know what gear to take
- I just want to have fun
- My computer sucks
- It is too wet
- It is too dry
I am certain I have missed a few I have used personally. My point is this, I need to stop making excuses for not getting it done. Just like the famous tennis shoe manufacturer says, “Just Do It”, or my favorite “No! Try not. Do, or do not. There is no try. – Yoda Star Wars Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back”
Just like exercise, it is easy to make an excuse. Once the excuses start it becomes easier to continue to make excuses. I used to get my camera out every day and do something. It didn’t have to be outside, it didn’t have to be across town, state, or country. It doesn’t take that much time. When I compare the amount of time I spend watching television or reading FaceBook I have more than enough time to take a few quick photographs, even with a bit of planning and setup. I used to sit and watch television with my camera nearby and snap photographs of my pets, my drink, or just how the light from the window or lamp shined on an object.
I need to break the cycle of excuses, do you?