The process for catching up on a lot of pages quickly is all about batch tasking. Contrary to popular belief, we humans are not very good at multi-tasking. In fact, we actually do something called task-switching in which we lose a fraction of a second every time we change focus or tasks because our brain cannot optimally focus on several things at once. (I had to write a paper about task-switching and it's inefficiency for my Cognitive Neuroscience class last semester and it really opened my eyes to how much time, energy, and focus I was wasting by "multi-tasking" instead of single tasking.) Single tasking and doing all of a single task at once before moving on to the next one is going to save you so much time while catching up on Project Life! Here's how it's done.
How to Catch Up on Months of Project Life in a Week
Single tasking in batches= accomplishing a whole lot in a short amount of time. Just try it and see how it works for you. Here's the steps I do, in the order I do them, and how much time it usually takes me to do them.
1. Edit and Print All Your Photos
This first step is definitely the hardest/most time consuming for me. I hate having to use my computer to cull through photos, edit them to be bright the way I like them, and then printing them all off. I like edit and print about 4-6 weeks at a time (just around or a little over a month.)
I usually end up with around 100 photos being edited and printed in about 1.5 hours. I am an excessive photo taker though and am hoping in the future, to really narrow down on how many photos I use in each month of Project Life haha. If you use or take less photos, this phase will go much quicker for you! The biggest tip I have here is to just do it. For me, this is my least favorite step, but I force myself to do it without distractions like the t.v. or music, and just get it done so I can move on to my favorite parts of memory keeping.
2. Cut All Your Photos
If you watch the YouTube video above, I actually timed myself and it took me around 7 minutes to cut out over 100 photos. That's pretty darn fast! I use a paper trimmer and it saves so much time. I can do this step listening to music because it is a repetitive task that doesn't require a lot of mental energy (unlike editing photos where I have to think about the size, color, brightness and adjusting all of those things.) Trimming your photos is a repetitive, easy task that you can get done super quickly if you do it all at once.
3. Organize Your Photos According to Week or Month
In the YouTube video I talk about how I switched to a weekly format of Project Life this year and so far I'm loving it. It makes organizing my photos super easy. I just lay out all my weekly Project Life cards from that time frame and then sort my photos into their proper weeks, referencing my dropbox folder on my computer to see when a photo was taken. This step also goes super quick (less than 10 minutes) and I show you how I do it in the video.
Pro tip- have your photo or dropbox automatically name your photographs with the date it was taken. That way when all your photos from the month are sitting in their folder, you can easily see all of them at once and which week or day each photograph was taken. It makes printing and organizing much easier. I do this step silently so I can easily look from my computer to the photos and get them organized quickly without any distractions.
4. Memory Keeping Time!
My favorite step in this process is actually getting to the memory keeping part and getting the photos into my Project Life album. This is my relaxation and creativity time. No rules here! I usually turn on a t.v. show or movie I've seen before and have it playing while I do my scrapbooking. I would certainly finish this step quicker without distractions, but because this step is the enjoyable, relaxing time, I allow myself to totally relax and go at my own pace and get distracted with t.v. or stickers haha.
Because this is my favorite step, and I've done it so many times, I can usually get an entire month (remember, that's around 100 photos for me!) down in my Project Life album with cards, journaling, and embellishments, in one evening. I like to set aside 3-4 hours of just chillaxing down time to do this part because it is my favorite and I like to totally relax and dive into my creativity during it.