If you’ve been thinking about doing something cool, set a deadline and put together a schedule. A deadline is effective even if it’s something only you know about; when you write a due date on a calendar you’re making a written commitment to yourself to get something done.
A cool benefit of having a schedule, besides meeting deadlines and getting stuff done, is the peace that comes from deciding what you’re working on and when you’re going to do it. You may feel like a schedule limits you. I would counter that when you schedule something, you quiet your brain and the idea stops nagging at you.
“Are you going to work on me now? Now? Now?”
When you have a schedule in place, you have a ready answer.
“No worries. I’m working on you on Tuesday and Thursday mornings and for the next two weekends. I’ll hit my deadline. Now hush!”
The voice has no choice but to be quiet to let you concentrate on your current task at hand. Or to just goof off, guilt-free, until it’s time to get to work.
Setting a deadline and having a schedule is like setting an alarm so you can stop worrying about the time and stop watching the clock. You’re trustworthy, right? You will hit the deadline. You will get this done.
A foggy, rainy morning makes for a great photo opp. Namaste 🙂
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2 thoughts on “Relaxing into a schedule”
And in my head, I’m hearing, “I love deadlines. I like that whooshing sound they make as they go by.” ~ Scott Adams (Delbert). And yes, I have a horrible time setting and keeping them. Some days more than others. Good reminder tho, Janie! And love your foggy morning picture. xo
Hi Sam. Love that quote from Scott Adams. I hear it re-quoted by many writers :). Deadlines are like a game to me. Get there and “win”. What works better for you? You see to get a lot done!! 🙂