You may delay, but time will not. ~Benjamin Franklin
I met a writing contest deadline yesterday. That’s the good news. The bad news is I made revisions right down to the last nanosecond. I am a deadlineaholic. And I need to change.
Having written thousands of stories on deadline, I know how to complete a project in two days when I had a week to work on it with less pressure. If good work results from two days, what would a week produce? I am about to find out.
This summer I thought I had kicked the habit as a deadline junkie when my short film, Emily’s Home, was the first out of 48 projects completed for the 48 Hour Film Project. I’m still stunned as it was my first time leading a cast and crew as a director/producer/writer.
But old habits are easy to embrace. Creating winning habits requires consistency in planning and execution.
I have my eye on a fellowship with a May deadline. I will submit my application in January just to start 2011 off right.
To further break the yoke of deadlineaholicism, I just announced my first resolution – or winning habit –for the new year, 15 days early. A sign of movement toward time management bliss. Won’t you join me?