Yesterday, sitting in front of my computer starting to tear up at client emails, revision requests, demands, and shrinking deadlines - I learned a good lesson:
Learn your limits, and then say "no" when you hit them. Taking on more than you can handle only ends in... well, tearing up at client emails.
I took on too many client projects recently. I have a few brides I'm working with, a collection of custom crests and logos, some illustrations, and paper materials for various events. And I don't have enough time in my day (working a full-time job, trying to keep up with this blog, and having time to speak to my husband and cats) to actually complete the projects I promised people.
What does learning that lesson come with? A lot of "I'm sorry" or "I have to be honest with you" conversations. I emailed a few clients that have less stringent deadlines to let them know what's going on. I declined a few new orders. I wrote long emails to current brides letting them know where they were on my priority list.
And then, I stopped worrying and learned to
love the bomb get to work. Last night I banished the panic in favor of actually doing the work that had to be done and started to make progress. There are going to be some long days and nights ahead as I work to complete time sensitive projects, but I consider myself schooled. And I need a giant desk calendar. And to really allot time to projects instead of just guestimating the amount of work they'll take.