I was out of town for the whole work week last week and it got a bit stressful at times. In addition to the conference I was attending from 8-5 every day, I still had freelance deadlines to make, and conference “homework” to complete.
Not to mention the socializing that is expected whenever you are at a conference with your co-workers. It was a very long week and unfortunately, I did get a bit behind.
Getting behind happens from time to time and when it does, here are 4 things you should do.
Stay Calm, Don’t Panic
I’m kind of a panicky person when I get behind. I don’t like and it stresses me out. But this time I tried really hard to prioritized things that needed done and I tried to stay as calm as possible. It definitely helped and I will be putting this into practice for the future.
Communicate with Clients
If you are running a business, I run an online freelance writing and virtual assistant business, getting behind can be quite stressful and you never want to let your clients down. When you know you’ll be out of town, out of contact, or when you get behind, you should do your best to communicate with your clients. I reached out to a couple of mine to let them know that while I was working on my business in my limited spare time while at the conference, I might be a bit slower to respond to emails or later with posts than I usually am.
If you communicate well with your clients, they won’t be upset when you get behind. Clients are people too and most of them are very understanding.
Schedule Some Catch Up Time
When I got back to town on Friday night, I planned to work on my freelance business and some household tasks for a few hours. But alas, it didn’t work out as planned. We got back later than expected and I crashed from exhaustion. Then on Saturday, I re-arranged my day so I could spend most of it working on my business and catching up around the house.
Don’t Forget About Yourself
As I said in the last section, I was absolutely exhausted when I got home on Friday. A 5 day conference is totally draining and I never seem to sleep well in a hotel. Therefore, I spent a good 9 hours sleeping on Friday night into Saturday morning. It was a nice and much needed night of R&R. Sometimes you have to put yourself first or there’s no way you’ll be able to produce quality work or meet client deadlines.
Getting behind from time to time is inevitable. As much as you like to stay on track with deadlines, work, and your home life, sometimes things don’t go as planned. When that happens you should stay calm, communicate with those involved, not forget about yourself, and schedule some catch up time if possible.
When’s the last time you got behind? What did you do about it?