Starting a project or goal with no deadline will make it difficult, if not impossible, to complete.
Though it may be a priority to you,
it doesn’t have priority of competition.
It’s best to practice setting an end date to every project or goal.
I work better under pressure.
my work improves under pressure —
I don’t have time to lollygag around.. but if I do, I still have to crunch to meet the deadline.
When your deadline should be (if you have the power to make it yourself) can be determined by how much focus and time you have to give.
I can set an extreme deadline — such as ‘finish X in one weekend’ — but I need to be ready to focus exclusively on it.
Keep the end date as concise as possible. A sharp deadline creates an intensity unlike any other, taking you to that next level of efficiency.
Write out your goal, set an end date.
“I will finish my book in 4 months, write 5 crappy pages for it everyday”
“I will become more proficient in photography in 6 months”
“I will save enough to go on a european adventure in 6 months”
“In will gain 10lbs of muscle in 3 months” or “I will lose 20 lbs in 6 months”
— You get the idea. But don’t just say ‘in 6 months’, actually write out the date, depending on when you start.
“A goal is a dream with a deadline.” — Napoleon Hill
“Deadlines refine the mind. They remove variables like exotic materials and processes that take too long. The closer the deadline, the more likely you’ll start thinking waaay outside the box.” — Adam Savage