Freelancing Frenzied: 3 Ways to Handle Scheduling Conflicts

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If you’re like me, there are times when your work schedule becomes overwhelming with your social schedule. Maybe you have an unexpected emergency that takes you away, or perhaps it’s unexpected visitors in town at the peak of your busy day. Whatever the issue is, you still have to make time for work.

What should you do to make sure you don’t get behind? Here are three things that help me.

1. Work in short spurts

As a writer, is easier for me to write in short spurts. When the visitor goes to the bathroom or is watching tv, I hop in the computer to get a little work done while I can. If you can’t get away, plan to “go to bed” early, grab your laptop, and work later into the night to make up for lost time.

2. Be blunt

If you have to step away from work, just say so. If it will take an hour or two, consider telling your guest to come back later or to wait a little while and to occupy themselves. In the case of an emergency, it may be worth reaching out to your client to explain that you need more time to complete the work you have.

3. Work ahead

This is something I’m working on now. Working ahead helps you make sure you have time to do what you need to do when the unexpected happens. I try to be at least one day ahead on my work. I work ahead a few days or a week if I plan extended time off.

At the end of the day, it’s up to you to decide on what your priorities are, so make the decision and make that happen.


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