As freelancers, we can become overloaded fairly easily. Maybe you’re trying to save up for a new piece of technology, or you have some extra time on your hands, or you could simply be trying to expand your portfolio, so you take on a lot of new projects.
Before you know it, you’re in way over your head and find yourself wondering if it will ever end. Because of this, it’s crucial to recognize when we should temporarily stop taking on new projects.
But what signs should we look for? Is there a specific formula to follow for the amount of projects to take on at one time?
Luckily, the folks over at Freelancers Union have some awesome advice to help you determine if enough is enough.
“1. A huge percentage of your current work is unfinished
Are you a “beginnings” person? Do you get all excited and hyper at the inception of a project, bored and antsy towards the middle, and despondent at the end? Do you have difficulty finishing things? Do you have drawers full of half- or undercooked projects?
Listen, we almost all have this tendency (some of us vacillate between this and dreading beginnings, which leads to procrastination. There’s no process completely devoid of dread!). But if you’re a chronic Beginner, you’re especially inclined to take on more and more projects without ever finishing one. It’s a method of avoidance, one especially prized by perfectionists.
And while the initial rush of beginning a new project is exciting, it doesn’t fill the craving for long; sooner or later, that empty-nothing-is-done feeling will come back.
Face your addiction, friend – don’t automatically jump to another project as soon as the current one gets uncomfortable.
Survey your current state of the freelance union – if you’re swamped in half-done projects, don’t take on any new work until you’ve cleared the decks a bit. Complete a few (even if they’re imperfect!) and move on. You’ll be surprised at the high a portfolio full of finished projects can provide.”
Read the full article at Freelancers Union.