Deadlines, deadlines, deadlines … everything in life seems to have a deadline. Taxes need to be paid by April 15th (unless of course you file for an extension like I did). The electric bill has to be paid by the 3rd, the mortgage by the 1st. Deadlines surround us.
I have a love/hate relationship with deadlines.
I hate deadlines because I am a natural born procrastinator. If I can put it off for one more day, one more minute, one more second, I’m going to put it off. It’s my nature.
I love deadlines because deadlines keep me honest. They keep me productive. And I find I function best under pressure. If I don’t have deadlines, I don’t finish anything. I’m great at starting things but not so great with finishing them.
This April A to Z Challenge is another deadline that keeps me motivated. A post a day? The entire alphabet by the end of April? Yep, that’s a deadline with enough pressure to keep me motivated.
I even signed up for Author Accelerator, not for the guidance and things they teach me – which are amazing! – but because I would have a weekly deadline to turn in my writing. I’ve piddled around working (starting) one novel after another for years and years. Now I have a deadline imposed by someone other than myself and I am closer to finishing a novel than I have ever been before.
How do you handle deadlines? Do self-imposed deadlines work for you? Or are you like me and need an external deadline to get things done?