That’s what I always say. There is something about the pressure that makes my brain work more creatively. That’s what I always say. (Of course, it could be the coffee that I’m drinking as I get closer to the deadline). And that feeling of success when I walk to the precipice and then finish…it’s wonderful.
Doesn’t seem to make much difference what the project is. There is just something about getting it done just in time.
If you are nodding right now, I have a question for you, the same question that hit me this morning. Is it possible that you and I have confused the idea of goals with the idea of deadlines? That we have made meeting deadlines our goal?
Confused? Here’s what I mean. Goals are things that you want to accomplish. Goals are levels of performance that we want to achieve. Goals are measurable and specific and achievable and all that stuff. (If you want to be more precise, google “goals”.)
It is possible for some of us to establish as our goal ‘making deadline’. It doesn’t matter what the activity is, we go for the rush of making deadline. The problem with that approach is the first part of the sentence: “It doesn’t matter what the activity.”
In order for us to change the world, even the corner of the world that we are responsible for, our goal should be to do something more than just getting something done. Our goal should be to do the work of our calling, to do work in keeping with our calling. Our goal should be to do measurably better than we are doing now with whatever that is.
Getting done is PART of accomplishing goals. There needs to be a deadline for accountabilty purposes.
I’m afraid that some of may get hooked on the adrenline rush.
Does that make sense? Any of it? I mean, I could probably take the time to explain it better…but I’ve got a deadline to work on.