The same is true when agreeing to do things for others, whether it's a favor for a friend or a job for a client. If you say yes to every piddly little thing, you're going to be one tired lady too (or a tired gentleman). Don't accept any challenges that you don't know for sure that you are able to, or have the desire to see to the end. To be respected as a professional, it's imperative that you put as much effort into every job you do as you put into fighting for your right to party. The more half assed jobs you do, the more you look like a crapsack who isn't worth hiring. Don't take chances pumping out sub-par work, you never know who might see it and how it might affect your reputation! In my past, whether I was working as a filing monkey (hate) or a screen printer (love) I always put the same amount of effort in: all of it.
Some important things to consider when deciding on whether or not to say yes to the request are:
- Do you have time for this new project as well as other projects you're already working on?
- Can you finish it by the deadline set?
- Is it worth your time? (i.e. will you be getting paid enough for the time you put in)
- What does your gut tell you? Do you really want to do it or not?