I am a chronic overcommitter. Whether it’s work, volunteer activities or just my own plans for family, home or me, I always think big and then struggle to keep up.
So today, I took stock of my work commitments for the rest of the year. It’s been a pretty lean year so far, with enough work to pay the bills but not a lot over. I’m waiting for payment for my last two three projects, which is annoying too.
Anyway, overcommitment. Ugh.
Between now and Christmas, I have committed to:
- write a business requirements document for a new client. (15 days’ work over 5 days; already have done 3 days)
- work on a specification for a data aggregator and presenter, with a colleague (10 days’ work between now and Christmas)
- rework a report I did last year for another client, with a colleague (7 days plus a further 8-9 days)
- write a pair of manuals for a software product (est. 8-10 days’ work; this is for my own business rather than through the firm I usually consult through).
I make that 48 days’ work. 45, if I take away the 3 days I already did on project 1.
Christmas is 9 weeks away, and I usually work 3.5 days a week.
Guess I’m looking for extra childcare. And hoping that we don’t win the job we bid for (3 months’ on-site work for me, 4 days a week). Or that that client will hold off till February.
I have given up trying to predict this business.