06 June 2012

Keeping A Schedule

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Here it is JUNE ALREADY and I haven't met any of my goals for thesis revision this year. Well, I guess I did go over my work and laid out a plan in January, but since every self-imposed deadline since then has zipped right on by, it's going to be a busy busy summer for me.

I've never excelled at self-imposed deadlines. It's not that I procrastinate so much as it is that I don't prioritize my own goals. Like, oh that goal is just for me, it's not for my employer or my teacher, so it's totally okay to blow it off today. I'll just readjust my schedule. Except I never do readjust my schedule. I just keep letting it go and letting it go until suddenly: oh gosh five months have passed and I haven't met those personal goals. But it's ok, because it was just a personal goal.

Well the thesis revision is no longer a personal goal. The academic heat is cranking up, and it's not quite procrastinating yet, but in another month it will be! [Quick clarification: "Thesis" is a bit of a misnomer. It's more like a master portfolio of various pieces I've done over the course of my master's which go through several heavy revisions. And I mean heavy revisions.]

I suspect this whole inability to meet self-imposed deadlines means I probably should never go freelance. And it's probably related to why I keep restarting stories I've been working on for ages. It's weird: once I sit down and start writing, I usually get rolling along nicely. It's the initial inertia for personal goals that is difficult.

Now You!
Any tips on how to build up inertia for self-imposed deadlines? (I secretly suspect everybody else is just naturally good at this.)

I've got a guest post today over at Lauren Dupuis-Perez's gorgeous blog I'm Better In Real Life. Lauren says: 
"Traveling with someone can either have amazing results or dire consequences. Callie of Write On! contacted me after the balloon post when she saw my request for other adventure-ing stories (big or small). Her adventure is all about taking a risk, a leap, but at the same time it’s about doing something that’s both what you love and a little bit scary. I think those are the best types of adventures. And remember –having an adventure has nothing to do with spending gobs of money or going on extravagant trips. For Callie it was about wild horses, camping with her man, and so very many stars."
So pop over to I'm Better In Real Life & check it out!