When faced with a deadline in life, love or work what is your natural response?
Do you face up to it ready for a fight or do you shy away and go into flight mode?
After self-imposing a deadline on myself recently it has helped me to learn what kind of writer I am.
July 1 has arrived and for all in the southern hemisphere will be over in a couple of short hours. This was my deadline. The manuscript I wrote was supposed to have been placed safely into a depository we, in Australia, call a post box. It hasn’t left the building.
I struck a couple of hurdles today. Procrastination and Dissatisfaction.
While I believe I can deal with dissatisfaction to an extent, I cannot deal with procrastination.
There was a part of my story that I had been unhappy with from its conception. Until today I had no ideas that were even adequate.
My deadline it seems had worked its magic and forced me to think. Think hard and solve the issue.
So dissatisfaction has been taken care of but I have that lingering sense that procrastination had me putting off what could have been achieved last week and enabled me to post it TODAY.
My little four page picture book manuscript will leave my hands tomorrow but I am left with that feeling that procrastination will visit again and I need to be more prepared to deal with it. Putting kids and the family, the paid variety of work, blogging and feeding the goldfish first may need to change.
And just as an aside who decided that procrastinate should have the prefix pro? Who supports or is in favour of crastination? I love words and language but really? I am tempted to submit to Oxford that procrastination be changed to anticrastination.
Am I being too hard on myself missing my deadline by one day? Please share any tips you have for power-punching deadlines and assisting with anticrastination.
I need all the help I can get.
And can someone please make sure the goldfish are fed.
Image from: here.