working to deadlines

I love deadlines. Without them, work just drags on. This post is being composed because of a deadline. I have 20 minutes to publish it, otherwise i’ve missed my own deadline.

Time travel prototype
Creative Commons License photo credit: hartboy

I’m hoping to blog for 260 days consecutively… and if i don’t publish this post within the next 20 minutes, i’ll fail (This will be post 103 by the way). Normally, i’m a lot more organised than this and i’ll have published posts well before my 11.59pm deadline but because i’m taking things easier these days, i find myself getting dangerously close to these deadlines.

There is nobody but myself applying pressure… i came up with the target, i set the deadlines so in a way, there is zero pressure on me in that i could miss a day and nobody would notice, or care. Even if they did, they can’t do anything about it – i’m not working for anyone or i don’t owe them anything…

But because it’s a personal target, failing to reach it also becomes personal. It’s very important that you set targets and hit them. As many as possible. Doesn’t matter how big or how small. I apply that same attitude when working on projects… take things one step at a time.

It’s extremely difficult to hit targets one after the other, day by day without fail, but secretly i know it’s not about the failing… it’s about the discipline and structure. That said, i never like failing at anything and because i’ve set down a goal in public, you guys are my motivation. I know for a fact there’ll be one or two waiting in the wings should i miss a day of blogging and i’m determined not to let you get that satisfaction :smile:


Your browser is out of date. It has security vulnerabilities and may not display all features on this site and other sites.

Please update your browser using one of modern browsers (Google Chrome, Opera, Firefox, IE 10).