I admit I like processes; in fact I’ll go as far as to say I love processes. There are so many wonderful things about processes, here are a few:
- help explain what needs to be done
- ensures every stage of a task has been considered
- helps to identify efficiencies
- helps to teach other people
- ensures consistencies
I get a great deal of pleasure from breaking tasks into its component actions and arranging them in an efficient manner. Despite this I’ve never used processes at home; maybe I thought it was too much like work or perhaps I thought it was just too anal!
One of the tasks that is constantly on my task list is to sort through photographs and particularly to put them on the internet to share them with friends and family. It seems I upload only a small proportion of the events where I take pictures. While I was downloading software to help me sort some pictures from a recent weekend with my parents, I realised one of the reasons I don’t work on the task as often as I’d like is because I have to think too much about what needs to be done.
Therefore, I created my first home process to describe how to deal with photographs. It covers the file structure for storing photographs, sorting the pictures, cropping, resizing and watermarking them and adding them to my website. It was a very worthwhile exercise as I had to really think about several areas meaning I did not have the complete process worked out in my head.
Having completed the process for how I deal with photographs on my laptop, I was inspired to discuss with my husband how we will store photographs when we have established our server. We have agreed how this is going to work as well as a file naming format. So although it could be months before our server is up and running we can both ensure our folders are in the same structure and files use the same naming format.
Of course this means, I now need to update my process with a second version to incorporate what we discussed.
Plus I need to decide what I’m going to do with these processes. Do I establish a household wiki and upload them or create a hard copy manual!