For the first round of ROW80 I had a big goal; to be a more organized writer. I broke that goal up into smaller pieces starting with getting on a regular writing schedule. Things didn’t go exactly as I planned. I wrote more than I ever had, but there was a distinct lack of focus and I feel it was because I didn’t have a deadline.
Make The Deadline Real by Andrew Mocete
Most of us have day jobs and if we don’t, still have responsibilities that are time sensitive. If you think about what you’ve managed to get done when on a deadline, it seems like you have superpowers. If focus is a superpower, then I’d agree.
I’m going to assume we’re all on board with a deadline being essential for success. Many of us have done NaNoWriMo and the thirty day deadline is the principle foundation. But how do you create a deadline where one doesn’t exist?
When you’re writing your first book, no matter which way you plan to publish, you can take the rest of your life to finish it. You can say you want it done by a certain time, but in the back of your mind, it doesn’t really have to be done by then. If something more important comes up, it gets pushed back. And I mean what SEEMS important. Certainly, things in life come up that demand attention, but really, how often is that? Most of the time I think we’re procrastinating. Again, how do we create a deadline?
Well, I’m not really sure.
At least when it comes to you because I don’t know the intricacies of your life. I will tell you what I’ve done and hopefully that helps you come up with your own deadline plan.
Recently, my wife has taken up more of the household responsibilities in order to give me extra time to write and manage my social media. In addition, because she’s a graphic artist, wants to help me design my cover. This is a big deal to me because she’s the member of the family who takes care of everything. Me, her parents and the grandparents. It’s a lot to do and she does it because she loves us, but it doesn’t leave her much free time. In that context, you can see why what she’s doing for me is such a big deal. If I procrastinate, I’m not only wasting my time, I’m wasting hers.
Whoa, things just got really real.
Setting a realistic goal is the first step. Defining when that goal is to be fulfilled is the next step and just as important. Make it real and then stick to it.
I’d love to hear what deadlines you’ve created and if this post helped you think of one, please, share it in the comments.