Learn to Love Deadlines

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As a writer, you probably have an interesting relationship with deadlines. As easy as it is to give yourself deadlines and get excited about the prospect of meeting them, it’s even easier to ignore them.

“I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.”

― Douglas Adams

It’s usually no difficulty to let deadlines pass you by — especially the ones you set for yourself. If you have a hard time holding yourself accountable for your own deadlines, let outside influences help.

Look to writing contests, literary journals, conferences and workshop groups to set your deadlines for you. You’re likely to take a submission deadline or conference sign-up date more seriously than your own arbitrary goals. And with recognition opportunities and valuable feedback as your reward for completing work on time, you might just find the motivation you need to stay on track. For an extra boost of motivation, tell your friends, family and colleagues about your deadlines. With other people holding you accountable and offering you encouragement, you’ll think twice about letting them (and yourself) down.

Deadlines really can be a writer’s best friend. If you set meaningful deadlines that come with a real impact, they’ll keep you on track and make sure you don’t miss out on opportunities to set yourself up for success. 

 
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 As easy as it is to give yourself deadlines, it’s even easier to ignore them. Tweet This

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We’d love to hear from you! What tricks to you have for staying on top of deadlines and following through on your intentions?

 
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