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10 Free Stock Photo Sites

September 24, 2015

There are a few key things you can add to a website to make it feel premium and beautiful stock photography is one of those things. Having large, crisp, high quality images throughout your site will make it feel more visually engaging and will also make you look more legit.

If you have the resources, it is always best to either buy stock photography or – even better – have a photographer take custom photos for your website. If you don’t have the resources, there’s still hope! Stock photos can be expensive, so if you’re just getting your feet wet or starting a brand new website, check out these 10 free stock photo resources (in alphabetical order):

  1. Getefre
  2. Gratisography
  3. Jay Mantri
  4. Little Visuals
  5. Moveast
  6. Pexels
  7. Pic Jumbo
  8. Pixabay
  9. Super Famous
  10. Unsplash

Image source: Pexels

My fashion week takeaway: Think Less, Do More

September 17, 2015

New York Fashion Week is in full swing and it feels like its more present than ever before. Videos are flooding my snapchat, photos are pouring from blogs and YouTube sensations everywhere are shouting from their video platforms with opinions and thoughts on runway trends. It’s a media field day and I’m eating it up.

More than anything though – it is straight up impressive. Jay Buim recently mentioned that while working at Fashion Week, he shot, edited, produced and uploaded 21 videos in 7 days (!!!) Journalists are running around to shows, sharing content on their social platforms, writing detailed reviews, interviewing designers, mingling, all while looking fabulous and being photo ready at every moment.

While I’m not condoning the idea of fast media, nor do I find these habits in any way healthy, what I do take away from it is that humans are capable of extraordinary things when put under tight timelines and intense pressure. Editors, videographers, photographer and designers across New York are at full capacity this week. There’s no time to over-analyze, efficiency is the name of the game and hitting “publish” as early and as often as possible is what will make or break you.

So I’m going to harness this energy, a philosophy of doing more and thinking less. It’s time I hit “publish” on some of the ideas that have been collecting dust, not quite “perfect” enough to put out in the world. Because watching Fashion Week has been a reminder that it’s better to get it done than have it be perfect.

Image credit: Unsplash and Vogue Runway

Procrastination Nation: 5 Tips for Overcoming Your Worst Habit

February 27, 2015

I am currently procrastinating. That’s right, I am writing a post about how to overcome procrastination while I procrastinate doing client work. The reason being that procrastination is one of my biggest challenges and I’m ready to take a stand against it.

Everyone procrastinates, it’s 2015, and I think a healthy amount of time spent wandering around the internet can be great for inspiration and/or learning. Having said that, there’s definitely a line you can cross when it starts to take away from productive work time and is therefore losing you potential income.

I did some research and pulled together a list of 5 helpful tools and advice from across the internet that I’m going to employ in order to fight procrastination. Ready to join me?

1. Getting Things Done

The number of courses and programs out there that claim to help improve your productivity can be overwhelming. I always prefer a personal recommendation, and the one that has been recommended to me by multiple people is Getting Things Done. This particular program focuses on designing your workflow and claims to double your productivity in 21 days. Sign me up! You can read the book, or even better, take the course on Skillshare.

2. To Do List App

I’m a to-do list queen, but often end up with post-it notes all over my desk. To help me control the post-it explosion, but more importantly, to ensure I have access to my to-do lists from anywhere on any device, I started using Todoist. It’s a free app (unless you want premium features) that let’s me organize my lists under specific categories, set deadlines and notify me if I’m coming close to a deadline. Trello is another app that has been recommended to me for the same reasons.

3. Eat Your Frog

This comes from a famous Mark Twain quote: “Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.” The idea here is that you should start your day off with your most difficult and urgent task. Once that task is done, you will feel a sense of accomplishment and can move on to smaller tasks that will feel easy and achievable by comparison. Decide what your frog will be at the end of each day for the next day and set up your work station so that when you arrive to your desk you are ready to dive in until the task is done.

4. Admin Day

Jessica Hische, a freelance design guru, recommends setting aside one day a week for admin tasks, “Setting aside a whole day to catch up on email, bills, paperwork, etc. means the rest of the week you can feel totally fine putting it off.” I love the idea of having one day to do paperwork and/or finances.

5. SelfControl App

This is for the seriously desperate. Though I have not gotten this far myself, I’ve been close and have had many people recommend SelfControl. It’s perfect for anyone who has to be online to do their job, but needs help avoiding specific websites (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc). The app allows you to input the URL’s that you want to block and specify the time you want them to be blocked for. Once it’s set, you will not have access to those sites, even if you restart your computer or delete the app. Genius!

Hopefully my fellow procrastinators have found this helpful. Let me know if there are any other amazing tools or systems that should be on this list.

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