When there are so many things to do and so few people to do it, we often have to do it all.
A Sci-Fi Thriller
Last year I was thrilled to work with my son on his sci-fi thriller. He had written a script and decided to make it into a movie. I worked both as the camera operator and as the producer (i.e. I had all the gear).
As he was still in high school, he had ample opportunity to get cast and crew. He showed some real hustle and was able to get some strong talent in front of the camera and several people behind it. If something needed to be done, there was someone able to do it.
Ah, the joys of being carefree and in high school.
Ripple, Roll, Slip, and Slide
As life goes on, it’s not as easy to find so many people with free time to work on such projects. And so, as business owners, we have to do a lot of the heavy lifting ourselves.
Right now I’m working on a video project where I created the scripts, the shot lists, the storyboards, the audition packets and ads, and the sets. I’m taking a big chance, even doing the filming in Chattanooga, but the project has a lot of value to me. And in doing it this way, there are a large number of things that are all my responsibility.
Don’t get me wrong, I have a couple great co-producers, and a fantastic cast. There have been a lot of people that have done a lot.
When I started doing video production in Saratoga Springs and Ballston Spa, I was surprised at the large number of non-video production tasks I had to take care of that I knew nothing about. From legal filing to accounting to business planning to a ton of other roles, it becomes overwhelming.
But I found a great way to tackle it all.
Getting It All Done
The best trick I’ve found, particularly with tasks that are ongoing, is to do a little of each every single day. That helps keep things moving and keeps it from seeming like the accounting is piling up while the video work is getting done.
For instance, I spend 10 minutes a day on my business plan. That’s not to say I can’t do more, it just means I have to do at least that. I also spend 30 minutes a day watching instructional videos. That keeps me always learning. And I make sure I do a minimum of time on video type tasks even if the day is focused completely on other things.
If you want to get things done, find a way to do a little each day. It’s the way those of us who do it all can get it done.