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How to not fail photo a day

Fat Mum Slim /

The thing I hear ever-so-often from people about photo a day is that they’ve failed it. They’ve missed a day, or a few and deemed themselves a failure. Let me just say, there is no fail. This is meant to be fun. It isn’t school, and I’m not sitting over here marking everyone off. I promise.

But there are a few things that help me remember to do it everyday. I have nearly forgotten twice. Here they are:

1. Save the list as your screensaver

By putting the list somewhere highly visible {like your phone’s home screen or your computer’s wallpaper} you’ll see it every time you use it. That way you’ll check the prompts and remember to share a photo.

2. Set yourself a reminder

If you go into your computer or phone’s calendar and either write in the daily prompt, OR just set a reminder at about 4pm {before the sun goes down and you miss your beautiful natural light} to take your photo.

3. Create a habit

It takes just 21 days to create a habit, and I think you’ll find people that have been playing photo a day for a few months in a row have created a healthy habit of taking a photo each day. It’s like taking your vitamins or taking your dog for a walk. It’s just something you do every day. Keep going, create a habit and you’ll do it without thinking twice.

4. Be part of the community

If you follow me on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook, you’ll be part of the photo a day community and see other people’s photos, my photos and be reminded to take your own. Plus you’ll love checking in with your friends that you’ll love playing with them every day.

5. Check when you wake

This is what I do. Every morning when I wake up, I check my phone for the daily prompt. It plants a little seed and gets me thinking about what I’ll take a photo of that day.

6. Download the prompts

Each month the lovely Super Doug creates two links so that you can download the prompts straight to your calendar on your computer or phone. This means that you can check them there, or get little daily reminders of which photo you need to take. You can get them here:
To subscribe on iPhone/iPad/Android/Mac:
http://bit.ly/15KFbZw
To view on the web:
http://bit.ly/16Tad4H

So, no more failing. Only fun.

Do you have any tips for others on how to remember to take their photos? Do share.

@Fatmumslim