Dealing with Sickness

It was quite a morning at the Johnson house this morning. First, my four-year old son, Liam, woke up with a tummy ache and proceeded to throw up at 5 a.m. Then my wife told me she had a raging headache and asked me to take our seven-month old, Dylan, for the morning so that she could rest. And finally, while I was hanging on the couch with Liam and Dylan, Dylan had a monster blowout in his diaper. Long story short, it leaked onto the couch and I didn’t notice until I looked over and saw him running his hands through it.

Gross. I know. But that’s part and parcel of being a parent.

The reason I share all this with you is because it got me thinking about being a writer…and a family man. I usually keep a pretty tight schedule. I’m up early to write and work steadily and (hopefully) without interruption until around 5 p.m. I then shut down everything for the night and don’t look back. But obviously I wasn’t able to work this morning. And it threw my whole day into whack. Not good for someone borderline OCD.

Inevitably, you’re going to run into a similar scenario at some point in your writing/freelancing career. With deadlines hovering over your head like a vulture, you or someone in your family (or in my case your whole family!) will get sick. How will you respond?

In my more ambitious (and stupider) days, I would plow through. I’d try to get work done while juggling my family responsibilities, probably getting more and more frustrated by the minute. Now, I just try to roll with the punches. The reality is that when you’re sick or someone in your family is sick and needing your care, you’re not going to get much quality work done. Instead, take the time and rest. And do so guilt-free. Consider it God telling you to take a time out. When you come back to work, you’ll be refreshed.

If you have a deadline looming that day, send a quick email to your client letting them know what’s up. Nine times out of ten, they’ll understand. If they don’t, it might be time to rethink your clients.

Fortuitously, today is the time I list out the top 5 posts for the month of August. So, without further ado!

The Process vs. the Agreement

The Cult of Simple Writing

Building Your Platform: Tips from a Top Publicist

Taking the Mystery Out of Pricing

Should I List My Fees On My Website?

Thanks for being part of the GhostwritePro community! Happy writing, and I’ll see you next week.