It’s no secret that Qocreate has been working on a new project – an eBook! – due out later this year. The book details our steps toward a more organized, less stressful proposal-writing experience, and we hope it will be incredibly useful for small businesses.
The book came to be because proposal writing is an inherently stressful profession.
Some proposals take months and drain resources. Also, you have a business to attend to, technology to keep up with, personal lives. While you run around trying to figure it all out, you throw files in this folder and that. Emails and pings pile up. Productivity suffers. You get exhausted. – Mike Huckleberry, CEO of Qocreate
Whether you are in-house or an agency, you are always tracking deadlines, usually for multiple projects. Often you are waiting for information from someone else while you track those deadlines, or you are part of an arduous review process, or you are interfacing with company leadership or clients who want This. Done. Yesterday.
It’s a lot.
We at Qocreate hear that, because (a) we’ve lived it and (b) it’s the whole reason our CEO founded the agency. Our goals are to lift the stress off our clients, and to handle proposal writing and business development in a way that doesn’t create too much tension for Qocreate employees either.
How do we do this, create a less stressful environment for an inherently stressful process? We’ve written about the three pillars of our approach on our blog, but sometimes that’s not enough; sometimes employees need more to balance their workloads, their technology, their LIVES.
Here are a few more ideas about how proposal writers, and really anyone working on constant deadlines, can ease up a bit and produce better work:
Living under deadline isn’t easy, but there are ways to lessen the pressure. Practice picking up the phone or taking a break to stretch your legs next time you feel overwhelmed, and soon these good habits will become ingrained in your workday – reducing your stress and anxiety each and every day, and creating balance in your work life.
Looking for more ideas about how to create balance in stressful situations? Join us @proposalchat at noon EST on Thursday, May 17 for our proposal writing chat on Twitter, when we’ll be discussing these ideas and others!