10 Oct

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:

  1. write a business requirements document for a new client. (15 days’ work over 5 days; already have done 3 days)
  2. work on a specification for a data aggregator and presenter, with a colleague (10 days’ work between now and Christmas)
  3. rework a report I did last year for another client, with a colleague (7 days plus a further 8-9 days)
  4. 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.


Posted by on October 10, 2006 in work


2 responses to “Ugh.

  1. Linnaeus

    October 11, 2006 at 4:06 am

    How much control do you actually have over how big your workload is? It sounds like the firm you work with does the bidding, and then assigns jobs to you that you think you are suited to.

    Also, how critical is it to get the manuals done? I’m sure it would be nice, but if it’s not an actual contract, perhaps it can slide a bit?

  2. melissainau

    October 11, 2006 at 6:58 am

    I help write the bid proposals, particularly my part of it.

    So I need to tell them NOW, no more work this year. Because they are quite capable of continuing to book me in for work – and the problem there will be an expectation that I work through January to finish work, when the kids are both on their summer holidays and we are going away.

    I think I can get it all done by Christmas, I just need to be careful not to waste time or procrastinate. (OOps – easier said than done).


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