TOO much writing jobs not only give freelance writers a never-ending workday, according to freelance writing company FreelancerCareers.Com, these creative minds also risk getting burned out.
“Just like any other activity, when it is done for too long a time, there's a big probability that people who do it again and again get stressed out,” Thomas Lockhart, personnel manager of FreelancerCareers.Com, pointed out. “Writers need to recharge their 'drained batteries' so that they will be rejuvenated as well as to refresh their thinking process—and the only way to do it is to take usual breaks from their writing jobs.”
Lockhart and a handful of dependable freelance writers under the helm of FreelancerCareers.Com gave helpful hints to their present and upcoming contributing writers on how to “work a little less and enjoy their personal lives a little more.”
“Instead of looking for office mates to join them during lunch time, try to spend that long break all by yourself,” said Karla Lane. “Or maybe spend that time along with your mother, elder or younger sibling. Afterwards drop by to the nearest bookstore to browse new books and magazines, go to the nearest grocery and buy small stuffs that you will need in the future like personal care products, and even go to a parlor for a blow-dry. You see, the options are indeed endless. The bottom line here actually is to relax and away from your workplace scenario. You will discover that short respites do magic and your batteries will somehow be recharged.”
Content editor Dolf Schmidt suggested: “Do not be too hard on yourself when it comes to setting deadlines. Although there are specific time lines given to you to accomplish all those writing jobs, be reasonable with your cut-off dates. Although you need to finish them, be open to changes and give way to some unforeseen yet inevitable circumstances. When you are not pressured, your outputs will turn out better. There are a lot of things that can be written daily. However, not everything can be done in a jiffy.”
Meanwhile, “Learn to say NO,” was Margaret Perry's advice. “The problem with some freelance writers, especially the new ones, is that they keep on accepting freelance writing tasks assigned to them. So what happens next? Well, the quality of their work gets sacrificed, if not put in jeopardy. I cannot blame the newbie writers who are very energetic to write, but it's not all about enthusiasm here, it's also about beating deadlines as well as coming up with better works.
“They may lose a writing job for saying, 'Sir/Ma'am I am sorry but I cannot do that this time as I am committed to a certain project at present'. But it's better to lose one, than lose everything, when the people who trusted and hired you get turned off with the kind of hush-hush copies you keep on sending them, all finished for the sake of earning bigger sums,” Perry emphasized.
“Though freelance writing jobs can give one stability, any freelance writer must give his or her family the top priority. Jobs give us money, but nothing beats what a family can give, which is strength!” fact checker Eric LeBlanc stated. “Do not just fill your calendar with writing chores, sprinkle it with lunch and dinner dates and shopping schedules with your parents and siblings. And do not give up a previous commitment with a family for a job at the last minute.”
Setting concrete stop lines also helps, added writer Nichole Griffin. “There are freelance writers who have the bad habit of extending their work hours when they already worked overtime on a particular project. This should not happen often, especially when there are other writing chores in the offing. Set a fixed time accompanied by a 'grace period' for revisions and finalizations and follow it, period.”
Writing jobs are undoubtedly rewarding—career-wise and money-wise, this was what the management and contributing writers at FreelancerCareers.Com reiterated to aspiring writers. But anyone should not become a slave to these writing opportunities and eventually suffer from exhaustion. There's more in life other than non-stop writing, like spending more quality time with family.
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Established two years ago, FreelancerCareers.Com is a company that engages in freelance writing. It's pool of freelance writers offer unmatched writing competence—ranging from academic writing, language translation, resume crafting and editing as well as copy writing services. It is capable of making their freelance employees busy as they have a constant work flow.