I have many, many deadlines in my business life.
Deadlines to submit guest posts by a specific date.
Deadlines to schedule posts for my own blog
Deadlines for advertising
Deadlines for giveaways
Deadlines for sending invoices
Deadlines to pay my quarterly taxes, etc. etc.
I have many other deadlines in my personal life.
Deadlines to RSVP for specific events
Deadlines to get to the grocery store before a specific deal is over
Deadlines to schedule doctor and dentist appointments
Deadlines to order our kitchen cabinets
Deadlines to make hotel and/or flight reservations for family vacations
Deadlines for car repairs and oil changes, etc. etc.
My lists could go on and on…
Sometimes deadlines can be stressful, but for the most part, I find that I work better and am much more productive if I have a deadline I’m working to beat (yeah, I’m competitive like that!)
Now obviously, paying my taxes and getting to the grocery store before a specific deal/coupon expires are real deadlines, but there are many other “deadlines” I try to follow even though I don’t necessarily have to.
I don’t have to do laundry or clean the house on a specific day, but I find that things run smoother and I get more accomplished if I give myself a deadline to have all the cleaning done by a specific time during the week.
I’ve also found that I am SO much more productive if I give myself a deadline to write my blog posts for an entire week in one day. I work hard for a full day (and have a babysitter for Nora) and then have the rest of the week to work on all my other deadlines!
Dave often sets deadlines for himself too — even though it’s summer and he really doesn’t HAVE to do anything. He still tries to go to school once a week and work ahead for next year, plan student council activities, and think about his upcoming basketball season.
And you thought teachers just slept in all summer long 🙂
Even though I don’t tend to procrastinate, deadlines still give me that extra incentive to “do it now” instead of waiting until later — and yes, this is especially helpful now that I have a baby and my energy levels aren’t as high as they used to be 🙂
Do you set deadlines for yourself?
Are you more productive because of these deadlines?