Too much work? Is there such a thing for a freelance blogger/online writer? I think that, if anything, we always want/need more work. I think, though, that we may have the tendency to just want more work whenever the opportunity presents itself even if our plate is already full.
This is probably due to the fact that the freelance writing life has a high degree of uncertainty. There are good months, but there are lean months. And what we want is to build up a nest egg for when those lean months come. One of the most obvious ways to do that is take on as much work as you can when it’s there; and that’s when the “too much work” scenario comes up.
Having a lot of work sounds ideal, but there comes a point when you find yourself drowning and not able to deliver. No matter how hard you try to churn out more blog posts, you just don’t have the time to do so. What do you do then?
It’s simple. Here are three things you can do.
Be more organized.
Easier said than done, I know, but tweaking a few things in your workflow can make a huge difference in your output.
Have the right mindset
First, make sure you have the right mindset. You have a lot of work. You will focus on work, get rid of distraction, and lessen your breaks.
There are plenty of tools which can help you get organized. The foremost tool that helps me keep organized is Google Calendar. Everything I need to do is found there, down to the time (and length of time). It keeps me to a schedule and helps get things done on time.
Evernote is also an inherent part of my workflow. I use it to list down the critical tasks I need to finish every day. It’s checklist feature gives me the satisfaction of ticking off finished tasks.
Combining these things, I am able to handle more work and see my limitations as well.
If all else fails, and you realize that you have overcommitted, then you might want to consider outsourcing. Depending on the client you have taken on, you can check out writing services like essayseek.com. You can also look for writers on platforms like Elance, oDesk, and even Craigslist. It will take away from your earnings, but at least you are able to deliver.
Learn to say no.
At the end of the day, if you really have too much work, then you have to learn to say no. N.O.
It may be hard, especially if you have experienced really bad months with very low earnings, and you want to make as much money as you can when you can; but you’re human with limitations, and sometimes, the best thing to do is say no. Other work will come, and you will be less stressed about it all.