When I hear the word deadlines my heart skips a beat. Do you know why? It’s because I know that I have to pull out all stops, focus and work like crazy to complete any writing assignments that I’m working on.
Writers like myself need deadlines. Without having a specific date to work to, I tend to waste time. I have a million and one things to do throughout the day and night. I’ve got a family to look after, church to attend, students teach, house to manage and the list goes on. One my classic excuse is that, “I’ll do it tomorrow.” Tomorrow comes and something else crops up. Then I find myself panicking and rushing around trying to fit in all the tasks I need to complete.
Can I tell you a little secret? When I was asked for my contributor post for this month, I didn’t know what to write about. I was thinking aloud and my daughter heard me. Cleverly, she came up with a brilliant topic which was really aimed at benefiting me.
She said, “Mum, why don’t you write about keeping deadlines? It will help you because you can use the ideas you share to discipline yourself.” Wow! She knows me too well.
If you’re like me who understands the meaning of deadlines but don’t implement it, this article is for you.