Make Deadlines Work for You

In Ty Kiisel’s article “Are Deadlines Important?” he reminds us to keep our goals and deadlines SMART:

“SMART” Goals and objectives:

Specific

Measurable

Attainable

Relevant

Time-bound

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If a deadline is too vague, many writers will simply procrastinate and push off the deadline.

That’s not helpful.

The presentation of a reward after a deadline has successfully been met is always a good idea. The reward doesn’t have to be huge. It could be a walk, a movie, a snack, an outing, a trip to the bookstore . . . whatever motivates the writer!

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This counter is helpful in determining how much time remains until a particular deadline:

For example, this is how long ’til St. Patrick’s Day:

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Link to the nifty counter here:

http://www.mathcats.com/explore/elapsedtime.html

(You can also use it to find out exactly how old you are!)

Read Ty Kiisel’s whole article here:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/tykiisel/2013/03/27/deadlines-objectives-and-action-oh-my/

Today’s Assignment:

1. Set a firm writing deadline today. It can be for a certain number of words or pages . . . whatever works. Write your deadline down. Post it in a prominent spot.

2. Determine your reward for reaching that deadline. Write down your reward, also. Post it next to your deadline.

3. Now, go write.

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