Do you ever cleanup your room only to leave your stuff laying around again the very next day? This may be a habit you have after cleaning your room, but you don't want to get in the habit of haphazardly saving your photos on your computer after you've spent time organizing them.
Last week I explained the importance of organizing photos on your computer and gave you several steps on how to organize them. This week's post is about how to stay organized once you've spent your valuable time organizing your photos into folders.
By Jill Clardy http://www.flickr.com/photos/jillclardy/5495654355/
1. Schedule a time to transfer photos to your computer. If you take a lot of pictures, you will want to set aside time at least once a week to transfer photos from your digital camera to your computer. I recommend Sunday afternoons since this is when most people have some down time. The amount of time you will need depends on how many photos you have as well as whether or not you decide to do steps 3 and 4 below. If ordering prints and sharing photos on social networks is something you plan on doing, then I strongly recommend you do so right after you transfer photos to your computer. This ensures you don't forget in the future and helps you to easily remember which photos you have already printed and shared. I advise setting aside enough time one Sunday to go through the 4 steps to see how long they take you. Then it will be easier to estimate how long this process will take in the future.
2. Make sure you have a folder already created for each event. Before you hook your digital camera to your computer, make sure you've created folder(s) for the photos you are going to transfer. Whether you are categorizing by event, date, or holiday, this makes organizing and saving them much easier.
3. Order prints from your favorite online photo printer. Once your photos have been transferred and saved to your computer, this is the best time to order photo prints and products from an online printer. You have categorized the photos so you are more familiar with what photos you have and which ones you want to print. I recommend printing at least one 4x6 of each photo for preservation purposes. Please see my article How to Preserve Photos and Why It's So Important for more information on why this is important. Also, if you're wondering why I suggest printing photos online please see The Advantages of Printing Photos Online.
4. Share them on Facebook and other social networks. If you use Facebook or other social networks to share your photos, then make sure to upload them after you've saved them to your computer. This ensures that you remember to share them. It also prevents you from having to keep up with which photos you've shared and which you haven't. Just look through each group of photos that you save to your computer and choose the ones that you want to share on social networks. If you do this at the same time that you organize and print your photos, it will be much easier for you.
I hope that you found these tips useful and that they will help you to stay organized.
Do you have any other advice for keeping your photos organized? Please leave your comments or questions below.