The deadline is that invisible slap in the face that wakes us out of our directionless stupor and click’s us back on the track of purpose. It’s that voice in the back of your head that screams at you during the day, saying “Hey asshole, you know that thing you told everyone you were working on? Yeah, well, it’s already two o’clock and you’re nowhere near being done. You have exactly eight hours before it’s your bedtime. At that point it’s too late and it all becomes a lie!”
The deadline won’t work for those people who just don’t care about where they’re going or what they want to do. Some people out there don’t have anything they want to do and don’t care to find one.
But I would say that most people want to do something (at least one thing) before their hearts stop. It could be big or small. If it’s a goal, it counts. It could be anything from running a mile or doing one pull-up to climbing Mt. Everest. It could be anything, but it has to exist. If you don’t have a goal, you don’t have any reason for a deadline.
Well, that’s all good and well, but suppose it doesn’t do it for you. Suppose you need something a bit more forceful to get you off your ass. Well, what if I told you that you HAD to meet your goal by the date in question, or else…? What if the deadline wasn’t just a thought after all? What if he was real, and he made sure you were motivated to meet your goal. What if Deadline, was a secret heart-stopping ninja that preyed upon those who only talk the talk and never walk the walk?
Perhaps that’s what you need. Perhaps you need to come face to face with this mass-killing shadow-lurking thing that will remove one finger at a time with every day you wake up without having met your deadline?
Don’t look at me that way. You’re the one who wanted to be more productive. Or did you just want to tell people about how much you’re accomplishing?