Organic workloads

By Katharine Swan On Thursday, November 08, 2007 At 2:54 PM

Do you ever find that no matter how much (or little) work you have to do, it seems to fill the same amount of time?

It always seems that I work the same number of hours whether I have one project, or five. For example, yesterday I worked my butt off to meet an afternoon deadline, and had nearly met my daily income goal by early afternoon. Today, I've been sitting at my desk for two hours and haven't earned one penny.

It's almost like my workload is organic, and grows (or shrinks) to meet the time allotted for it. That's good in some ways, as it's nice to take your time and slack off a bit when you have the opportunity. The downside is that it also means I never get my work done quickly so that I can enjoy the rest of my day.

Do you ever have this problem?

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Blogger Irreverent Freelancer Says:  

Yep, happens to me all the time. I think the key to overcoming this problem is to simply shut off your modem so you can't access the Internet or your email and you have to just work. Of course, whenever I've actually implemented this strategy, I've needed to get online to research something I'm writing about and then it's just back to that ole vicious cycle. Sometimes, however, I wonder how much more free time I'd have if I just completed the assignments I had to for the day and eliminated all the Internet-surfing "coffee breaks." But then, what fun would that be? LOL

 

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Katharine Swan is a full-time freelance writer with more than 5 years of professional writing experience. In addition to maintaining several personal blogs, she writes a variety of online marketing materials for clients, including company blogs, articles, and press releases. In her free time, she spends time with her horse, reads, and writes fiction.

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