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Are You Flexible?

Posted by Valencia on December 12th, 2008

I consider myself to be a pretty laid-back and easygoing person. I have my hot-head moments. But for the most part, I get along with people and go with the flow. However, this easygoing attitude only applies to my relationship with people. When it’s time to work…I’m a completely different person. I take my freelance writing business serious. And when it comes to a work schedule…I’m hardcore.

Every Sunday night I briefly plan my week. I know what assignments I have to complete each day, and I even give myself a time limit for these assignments. This way, I don’t spend too much time on one assignment, and I’m able to stay on task.

This strict schedule works for me, and I can usually get everything completed. But sometimes, situations beyond my control arise and I get off track. I sit back helplessly as my perfect schedule goes down the drain; and then I re-visit the drawing board and assess how to make up the lost time.

I know it’s not the end of the world. But “flexibility in business” isn’t my strongest attribute. Which is odd because freelancing is one of the most unpredictable, uncontrolled profession anyone can choose. There’s always questions circling. Whose my next client? Where’s my money? Besides, many people choose freelance work because of the flexible schedule. So, what’s my problem?

I don’t know, maybe obessing over a perfect work schedule is my subconscious way of maintaining some measure of control. Whatever the reason, I know this is something I need to work on, and I plan on making improvements.

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