“More men are killed by overwork than the importance of the world justifies.”
– Rudyard Kipling
When you’re working for yourself, measuring success in hours is stupid. I could “work” 40 hours and only make ten bucks. In fact, there are afternoons when I’ve “worked” five hours and not gotten a single thing done. I’ve procrastinated or goofed off. I’ll listen to mixtapes, read a book, or play my beloved Dwarf Fortress.
At my soon to be ex-job, wasting time was no big deal. There were even days when it was promoted. You were there for 40 hours a week no matter what. If there was only 30 hours worth of work, you simply did it slower. Lengthy discussions, hourly bathroom breaks, and a million other time diversions were commonplace.
That doesn’t fly now. If I want the money I actually have to earn it. A hundred dollars can come in four hours or forty. It’s all dependent on my effort.
To complicate things, my review writing business is booming. I’m flooded with customers. At the moment I actually have several hundred dollars in orders waiting for me. It’s easy to get stressed out. And it’s easy to get distracted and find yourself having to pull an all-nighter just to meet the deadline.
On Saturday morning I got swamped. A single customer purchased 40 Fiverr gigs from me. I had three days to complete all of them. That basically meant I had to start immediately.
I decided to try something new.
Instead of simply writing out a few of reviews every day, I sat down and wrote all of them at once. I saved my work on Google Docs, and started uploading them slowly over the remainder of the weekend. What I have left over will be going up today.
By getting everything done at once, I saved myself the stress and time of having to make a last minute rush. It took a couple hours, after which I felt great. All my work was completed and I had the rest of the day to myself.