Yikes! I just spent the last two hours on two volunteer projects.
Okay, I”m wonderful for volunteering, right? And both are projects I really believe in. But neither will earn me any money and mornings are my best writing times.
One will be over in a couple of months. The other is ongoing but focused around a monthly meeting. And today we were getting ready for a special project.
One of the problems is I write (thanks Gary) so darn easily. I can throw together the copy for a flyer in not much time at all. I can handle the revisions easily too. Why, when you’re working with a committee are there so many revisions? sigh
Normally I would have done the volunteer work in the afternoon, leaving earning time in the mornings where, for me, it belongs but today’s schedule doesn’t allow that.
Instead I used what I consider prime writing time, time I use for my own writing and my very best clients, to do the volunteer writing.
That’s okay once and awhile. But it’s so tempting sometimes not to do the work that either pays or will bring in money and do the stuff that’s nice to get done and for which I’ll get an almost immediate thanks.
Besides, my writing is, well, not nearly as interesting as it was when I began it – isn’t that always the way?
So, I drew the line on these two volunteer jobs – told someone to call me if they needed more later today, and emailed info about the other project. Now I’m reminding myself to set boundaries, establish limits and use that complete sentence I was talking about the other day: No!
How do you limit your volunteer activities?