Wednesday, June 8, 2011


One of the pre-class assignments in the Finding Photo Freedom workshop this year is to create an EQ - an Enough Quotient, a determination of what is enough for you to feel successful and satisfied with scrapbooking. Setting our own EQ allows us to take a good look at our current schedules and enables us to set realistic expectations for the wonderful hobby of scrapbooking and preserving memories. There was a worksheet provided so we could assess our current schedule and then a worksheet for filling in our EQ. 

I am one of those people who thrive on routines and organization, so it was easy to fill in the weekly schedule handout. I always do paperwork and pay bills on Monday mornings and do house cleaning on Wednesdays, etc. I included the time I spend blogging and on message boards and email, plus I designate Thursday afternoons for scrapbooking. (Very convenient since all the new BPC class materials come out on Thursday, right?)

Then I started working on my EQ – some of the items are activities that I’ve already been doing and have scheduled on my calendar (especially the monthly digital workflow items). However, this activity really got me thinking about what truly is ENOUGH for me. My original list was actually what I would like to accomplish each year rather than just the minimum that would make me happy. So, I now have two lists – my EQ and my Wish List. My Wish List includes all those other things I’d like to do if I have the time/money/inspiration, but they don’t necessarily have to be done for me to feel fulfilled in this great hobby. I am determined to make the effort and schedule time for the items on my EQ list, and anything extra from my Wish List is like icing on the cake!

My EQ:
· upload & quick edits to digital photos
· digital workflow (tag, rate, upload for printing)
· create digital monthly overview layout
· 2-3 traditional/hybrid layouts

· create digital year-in-review page
· create blog book from previous year’s blog posts

· display photos from past 6 months on digital frame
· blog 3+ times per week
· participate in 3-4 online class per year
· share completed layouts on blog and/or online galleries 

My Wish List:
· 1-2 layouts
· create cards for next month’s birthdays, anniversaries, etc
· try/learn a new technique (photo edits, art journaling)

· 2-3 mini-albums/projects (Dec. Daily, LSNED, etc)
· handmade Christmas gifts

· host one crop here
· read & comment on blogs, message boards, galleries
· listen to Paperclipping Roundtable & other inspirational podcasts/presentations

What do you think? Would an EQ be helpful and beneficial to you? Or would you rather simply set goals or just take it one day at a time?

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Alison said...

I think I'm a 'take it one day at a time' sort of girl! Too many goals just stress me out
Alison xx

Rebekah said...

Oh my, thank you for reminding me to get this done. It's on my mental list, but I haven't gotten to it yet...time to write it down! Yours sounds lovely, thank you for a glimpse at it to help me structure mine better. Blank pages freeze my brain!!

Rachel Holaday said...

This is a cool idea! Problem is, I'd have to find time to do the worksheets first! lol! I think my bare minimum EQ is to attend 3 weekend scrapping getaways a year. Thanks for giving me the link to your Texas trip restraunt post! Now I need a snack... Yummy!

helena said...

the EQ idea works for me - reading your description I kind of work with an informal EQ but will think about writing it down at the weekend.

I find the EQ approach, with possibility to doing more so much more satisfying than setting goals

mcscraps5 said...

Great post!! I need to work on mine.

Sue, a.k.a. midwestgirl said...

I'm impressed with your organization! I think my EQ changes with the seasons, higher in the summer, lower in December, for instance.

Jane said...

I love the idea of being organised like you and always start the new year like that, then I guess I'm just too lazy and let things slip. You've made me think a bit though, might try and list things down.

Tammy said...

I love Stacy's EQ idea. It makes so much sense! It doesn't really apply to me right now because I scrapbook pretty much whenever I want and as long as I get *something* done each week I am happy. But after I go back to work and life changes again, I will revisit that worksheet!

Lisa-Jane said...

This is such a great idea and I might have a stab at something similar. I love being organised but I spend so much time making lists that I don't get on with the things on it!

Anonymous said...

This post reminded me that I need to go back to the lists I made in Karen Grunberg's BPC class, Reclaiming Your Time. The weeks since we came home from our travels have been so full, and I'm feeling like a lot of time is going places I'd rather not have it go. Time to reassess! Thanks for the reminder.

Krystal said...

thanks so much for stoping by my blog!! it's so great to read what's going on in this class. this is such a good idea! thanks for sharing :)

Sian said...

What a fantastic concept this is - Melissa, you are full of inspiration!