This week I finally hit a point where I’m not only caught up on all of my deadlines, I’m a couple of days ahead of schedule. A few big things have just come off of my plate, some strategic behind-the-scenes things are now complete, and I have some breathing room. Rather than taking a day off just to end up in a perpetual crunch situation again, I’m using this small buffer to try to get further ahead. Then maybe I can slow my pace and not have to work six-and-a-half days a week for a while.
At least, that was the plan.
Of course, now is when a new opportunity lands in my lap. I’m not complaining, I’m grateful, and it’s the sort of thing that has the potential to push my career forward a bit. It’s good that it came now, when I am caught up and can actually do it. But I’m going to have to put in about two days’ worth of work to properly leverage this opportunity, which means that buffer in my schedule is gone. Sigh.
Hopefully I’ll be able to tell you about it later today. If not, it shouldn’t be more than a few days at most before I can talk about it. I hate “seekrit projekts” as much as the next person, but I like to confirm that things are 100% go before I make announcements. I also don’t want to jinx anything, because this is one area where I’m superstitious.
This is the nature of being a freelancer and an entrepreneur. It’s feast or famine. When work is available, you have to be ready to take it. If you get a chance, or someone gives you a break, you have be able to go now. Opportunity is never about convenience.