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What Do You Do To Cope When Work Gets Overwhelming?

Zarostulus

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Genuinely really interested in this one, because it's a situation I find myself in at the minute. We have 4 very difficult clients on the go simultaneously, all of whom want things done last week, if you know what I mean. They don't understand that sometimes in our industry things have to me meticulously worked out and improvised on. They think we just push buttons and voila, the exact website they desire.

It means I wake up on a morning and wish it was bed time, and then I'll go to sleep on a night hoping the night lasts an age.

How do you cope with situations like these?
 
St Rhenium

St Rhenium

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Unfortunately I think it's just something we get used to after a while. Being self-employed is brilliant, but it does have its drawbacks. Periods like these are one of those drawbacks. I sometimes find myself wishing I could leave a place of employment at 5pm and push it right out of my mind and not have to worry about getting an email at 9pm, but then I remember the many superb benefits I get from being my own boss.
 

Zarostulus

New Member
Unfortunately I think it's just something we get used to after a while. Being self-employed is brilliant, but it does have its drawbacks. Periods like these are one of those drawbacks. I sometimes find myself wishing I could leave a place of employment at 5pm and push it right out of my mind and not have to worry about getting an email at 9pm, but then I remember the many superb benefits I get from being my own boss.
There must be steps that you take though to minimise the bad times? Perhaps a set of rules you abide by?
 
Allegrif

Allegrif

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There must be steps that you take though to minimise the bad times? Perhaps a set of rules you abide by?
I have rules. When I'm done for the day, I'm done. No email checking or quick jobs - I'm done. You have to separate work and private lives or it gets messy. Likewise I refuse to work weekends, even if I know it will mean a stressful Monday. You work to live, you shouldn't live to work.
 
St Rhenium

St Rhenium

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I have rules. When I'm done for the day, I'm done. No email checking or quick jobs - I'm done. You have to separate work and private lives or it gets messy. Likewise I refuse to work weekends, even if I know it will mean a stressful Monday. You work to live, you shouldn't live to work.
That's all well and good, but what about when you simply can't afford to do that? Sometimes you just need the money, and you have to work until you have it - whenever that may be.
 

Zarostulus

New Member
That's all well and good, but what about when you simply can't afford to do that? Sometimes you just need the money, and you have to work until you have it - whenever that may be.
If you find this situations crop up regularly, then it may be time to evaluate what you do and what you charge a little. Are you undercharging for your services a little perhaps? My situation above, although it does happen, it's very rare.
 
MapleTree

MapleTree

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I give myself a time out and go take a walk or something. If it's a quiet week, I may take a day or two off just to give myself time to rest and recuperate a bit so I'm focused when I have to get back to business. I've always thought that if you're overwhelmed or burnt out, you should always give yourself a break because the work you do will be second best if you keep on without taking care of yourself.
 

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