A few weekends ago we went to Portland unexpectedly. My dad had had a stroke, compounded with a variety of other health issues the doctors gave him 3 to 4 weeks to live. I hadn't seen my dad in over 25 years. My half-sister let me know of his condition and in just over 48 hours we had our travel plans booked. I knew it would be important to see my Dad if he was passing. Regardless of the what the past held, I knew our weekend together could be really positive.
Prior to our trip to Portland, we had family in town for a long weekend. Prior to that, we had one weekend of downtime, then the weekend prior to that was Memorial Day weekend, and the week/weekend prior to that we were in Tennessee... it was something like that. There were about 7 weeks of travel plans, and holiday plans, and family plans, and unexpected plans. I'm not the go-go-go type of person, so I knew I would have to adjust and pivot where needed. My first business priority was the Member Library and each collection launched without a hitch. Certain things took a backseat and I was okay with that.
It wasn't too long ago that I would have really struggled with the idea of not doing everything I thought I needed to do, but life, family, and people, are more important than to-do lists, so I've learned to focus on the important stuff and allow for grace in other areas. Today, I want to provide a few easy and practical things you can do to make managing your business and traveling unexpectedly a bit easier.
PROPERLY MANAGE YOUR EXPECTATIONS
Sounds like a given, right? Unless you give yourself permission to let go, unplug, and know what you will and will not accomplish, you may set yourself up for failure. When we headed to Portland, we booked our flight late on a Friday night, so the following morning I sent emails letting people know what had happened and let them know I would be away. I also sent an email to anyone who was inquiring about photography services. I let them know of the situation and that I would not be able to address the email until a later date. In situations like this, I always let them know that I understand they may be under a deadline and that I completely understand if they have to move forward. I knew I was going to need to unplug. I knew I wouldn't be checking emails, and I knew I wouldn't be doing any work.
I had a week and a half upon my return before the next collection was launching for the Stock Photo Member Library so I knew it could be easily prepped without any major schedule changes. I understood what could be done and what I couldn't be done.
PUT SOCIAL MEDIA AND BLOG POSTS ON HOLD
I knew while I was traveling and during the weeks prior (with everything else we had going on) that I wouldn't have a lot of time for social media and curating blog posts and I was just okay with it. There were some weeks that I was able to post on Instagram, but I also knew that if I didn't it wasn't the end of the world. The same went for any blog posts that I had on my content calendar. The Stock Photo Member Library collections took priority so if I didn't have time to curate a new post (outside of the collections) I was okay with that. I have a variety of traffic driving posts that include opt-ins that are still very active. I knew that missing a few weeks was going to be okay.
Super easy things, right? I often think that our culture feels that need to always be busy, to always keep going, to always be doing things. There were definitly things that I knew I could accomplish and there were other things that I knew I could put on the back-burner. That's how life goes, right? There's a season for everything. xoxo. Samantha