I am one of those people who thrive on deadlines, nothing brings on inspiration more readily than desperation.
Harry Shearer

I should have written this quote. Due to my procrastinating nature deadlines are what drives me. Yesterday I entered a poetry contest, deadline April 30th. I wanted to enter 3 contests but I waited until it was too late so I had to pick just one. Procrastinating makes my neck and shoulders tense up, gives me horrible headaches, an attitude and a lot of anger towards anything that gets in my way in the final hours before my project, paper or assignment is due. This is something I’ve been working on but as my adviser told me my first semester its become part of my writing process so work with it not against it. With that advise I’m extending the following idea to you.

Today is May 1st, TODAY, research contests, dates, assignments, goals you want to accomplish in May. Print out or use a calendar with big spaces. If the deadline for a contest is May 31st put it on your calendar for May 17th. Imagine how good you will feel when you finish something way before its due. Set appointments with yourself to complete work and don’t break the appointment for anything or anyone.

Ask yourself these questions.

What is one thing I could do this month:

  • to feel more organized?
  • feel less stressed?
  • to have fun?
  • to procrastinate less?
  • to have more energy?

What have you procrastinated in April?

May is a month of change and celebration. Now get back to work!

The Writing Nag

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