Housekeeping Routines – Tip #1 to Help You Win the Challenge

Our 90 Day Video challenge is underway. If you're reading this post, chances are you have a few hours to get your sh*t together and join.

There may be a few hours left, however. Your first video is due on Jan 29th by midnight, Pacific time. You have a couple days to pay your fee, but if you want to participate, today is the day to get on this! If you want all the details emailed to you right now, go and sign up here.

If you want to join the list to be notified when the next challenge kicks off, sign up there too, I will be sending updates about the current challenge to that list and to the active participants so you'll be reminded throughout the challenge.

Now on with the message for today

As a side effect to the challenge, I'm going to try to blog about each video I make. Sometimes it'll be in reverse, where I'll blog about something before making a video about it. As it is the case with this blog post. But the purpose is to reuse content and ideas to deliver value in different mediums.

I'm a big advocate for re-purposing content for different mediums and at different value offers. Maybe I'll blog about this soon!

So in short, today I want to share a tip to everyone doing the challenge.

Do your housekeeping routines after your video is published and you verified it. For those not in the challenge, forgive me for the "inner lingo." But stick with me and it will make sense in just a moment.

Housekeeping routines include things like deleting unused footage, moving footage from memory cards to external hard drives or to your computer to free up space in your card, etc.

It may be different for your business or your own personal challenge, but the concepts are the same.

It feels good to delete old unused files, and if you are making a daily video chances are you are going to need a lot of space. I recommend you process each video and as soon as you're finished with it, discard the original media.

Many people would be really concerned with this advice because generally it's a good idea to backup all your files before you delete them from working directories.

It's a good idea to archive unused footage if you charge money for your work, if you intend to make a long format documentary, if you want to build a full archive library of all content you shoot.

But for the purpose of the challenge, I think you can delete old footage and unused footage as you run out of space in your editing computer.

Don't be a junk footage hoarder

Remember, junk footage is junk footage, you can't really use it, don't think you are going to "fix it" or have someone with really good editing skills rescue the footage. If it's bad, delete it, shoot it anew.

I hate when I get to that point where I have to delete stuff while I'm in the middle of editing or working on a project. If your computer runs out of space while it's rendering a video, it can make things very painful for a while.

So I have an old school hard-drive docking station with a few 3-4GB drives that I bring in and out of rotation for any of the files I have to keep longer than anticipated.

I don't recommend my approach on that front, because the drives are bare, sitting on my desk. Almost a recipe for disaster. So don't be like me in that regard.

Get a proper external drive, one like this one from WD if you're on a budget or want the really small size, or one like this if you want speed and have the room to set it up on your desk in a semi-permanent manner.

But if you absolutely must have the files even after you published your video, use external storage so your computer works as best as it can with as much free storage as possible.

Housekeeping routines

Here's a quick list of the stuff I do as "housekeeping" routines at the end of each work session, usually every day. I do this to try to help with the 90 day video challenge:

  • Move footage & audio to my external drives.
  • Quickly verify the transfer worked.
  • Reformat my audio recorder's sd card.
  • Charge all batteries.
  • Reload my camera with SD card & reformat it.
  • Reload battery in the camera, pack the rest to go.
  • Put fresh battery in my audio recorder.

I'll usually do this each day after I shoot a vlog or new video content. Then I have the files ready to work on the edits and post production stuff.

I may do the first step, "move footage..." earlier during the day as I collect footage, especially if I want to edit right away. But I just try to make it a point to start with a fresh SD card each day.

If you get into a routine like this, you have higher chances to succeed because the basics are covered.

You're always ready to shoot, your SD cards are empty, hungry for new content, and your batteries are charged ready to capture the next shinning moment for your YouTube channel. And you have a process to follow so you know where your files are at any point in time so you can sit there and produce more than one video per session.