I love meeting other mom-togs, whether online or in real life! It's fun to talk shop and life with someone else who knows what f-stops are, what shooting wide open means, and can roll their eyes with me when we talk about the funny things our kids do when a camera comes out. One place I've met several other mom-togs, is through the Clickin' Mom's photography forum. I've been a member of a few different forums and groups, and this one is by far the biggest and best place to find answers to your questions, whether you're a beginner or a pro!
Inside the CM forum, there is a title, one that a lot of members strive to earn: Click Pro. If you have that little title under your avatar, people know you know your stuff. Well, as with anything in life, I want to be the best, and made it my goal a couple years ago to earn the Click Pro title. I applied in December, 2016 and was crushed to get my email saying I had missed the cut by 1 point. (I talked about my feelings about it in this blog post here.)
tried to arrange them the best I could. It took hours. No, it took days. It was basically a nightmare. So, when I got my rejection email, my first wave of disappointment was all the wasted time. Then after a lot more tears that I didn't make it in, I put my thinking cap on, wondering how I could make the whole getting-my-set-together process done more efficiently.
Now, don't think that I wasn't thinking about my reapplication during those 10 months, because believe you me, I was, and I was organizing my images as I went along. (Which turned out to be so good and made it easy!) As I made new images I was proud of, I decided right then and there if it was going to go into my set or not. If I thought it was good enough, it went right where I wanted it and found it quickly. When it came down to put my final set together, I did it in about 4 or 5 hours time--that was so many less hours than the first time. P.S. The time I spent obsessing over my set is not included in this time estimate... ;)
So, if the daunting task of putting your set together into something that flows well (because that's very important!), then watch this little video of how I did it.
Full discloser: my app this time was 90% nature images, so I have very cut and dry folders. If you are not a nature shooter, think of categories or a flow you could use. You can organize your set by: season, child or person, colors, activities, lenses, near to far, light to dark, time of day (morning to night), location...and I'm sure there are many more! Once you know the order you want your set to be in, set up the specific categories you'd like to use within the organization as a whole. Also feel free to add as many sub-category folders as you need to make it easier on you! Then use the system I show you here and it will go so much faster when you're ready to apply!
Also, last word of advice (I feel I've been very long-winded on this post, sorry!). Once you have your basic set together, give yourself a deadline in the next day or two to turn it in. You could nitpick and obsess over your set for months or years if you allowed it. Get some feedback from friends if you want, but don't procrastinate sending it in. Just do it, and go on with your life!