If you have trouble getting motivated to write something or do something, you might find it helpful to set a deadline. A deadline is just a due date. A deadline can spur you to do whatever it is that you need to do. Deadlines can be great motivators, but they can also stop you in your tracks. You need be careful with deadlines. You don’t want to put too much pressure on yourself.

Deadlines can put pressure on you. The tighter the deadline the more pressure it can put on you. Sometimes that pressure can inhibit creativity. At least that happens to me. I prefer looser deadlines. I have a weekly deadline to write a blog. My blogs are usually around five hundred words or a little less. I give myself a week to write five hundred words. It works for me. Oddly enough, I also do well at NaNoWriMo. For that, I set my daily word goal at seventeen hundred. I can do it, but I don’t know if I could maintain that pace past thirty days.

Sometimes life gets in the way of a deadline. When you set them for yourself, that’s not much of a problem. If someone set it for you, that’s a problem. The trick is to avoid letting life get in the way, if you can. If you  manage your time wisely, you will meet your deadline. If you set your own deadlines, you have a bit more leeway.

When setting deadlines, it’s a good idea to leave yourself plenty of time before you absolutely have to have the task done. That is what a good deadline does. It forces you to arrange things to allow you time to complete the task. Then you need to just do the task. If you don’t leave yourself enough time to do the task, you are asking for trouble. Deadlines should be reasonable.

Play around with your deadline, if you are going to set one for yourself. I use deadlines when writing this blog. I try to write one a week. It might not be the one that is posted every week, I usually try to write the blogs a few weeks ahead of time. That gives me two deadlines, a writing deadline and an editing deadline.

The writing deadline means that I need to have my rough draft done by a certain date. Then I give myself time to revise the text before posting it to the blog site. That’s the process that works for me. Your process, and deadline, should work for you. Find out what that process is, and you will do well with your project. It’s not about the deadline. It’s all about the process.


I am not one who is comfortable talking about myself but here goes. I enjoy writing, family history, and reading. I decided to do this blog because I wanted to try something new. I decided to make it a weekly blog because I wasn't sure that I could keep up with a daily one, and monthly seemed like I was writing a magazine. I think I did ok with my choices. You'll notice that there are not a lot of graphics on my site. That's because there are graphics plastered everywhere on the Internet and those sites sometimes take forever to load. This blog is a place where you can kick back, relax and be ready to be amused. At least I hope I willbamuse you. This blog is on a variety of subjects from my ficitional cat agency, the FFL, which is monthly, to instructional blogs to editorials, which are my opinions only. I admit that I don't know everything and could be wrong -- I frequently am. Now, stop reading about me and read what I have to say!

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One comment on “Deadlines
  1. If I didn’t set deadlines for myself, I don’t think I’d get any work done! My writer’s group has deadlines and prizes associated with them. It’s been a huge help.

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