Deadlines: Your Secret Weapon for Conquering Procrastination

Momentum is a fragile force. Its worst enemy: procrastination. Its best friend: a deadline. -Tom Peters

Momentum is a fragile force. Its worst enemy: procrastination. Its best friend: a deadline.

-Tom Peters

Deadlines are powerful allies. They create urgency and momentum. They also force you to prioritize so you can focus on what’s most important.

Use deadlines in every part of writing your book. Yes, there are The Big Three:

1. First draft

2. Final draft; and

3. Publication Date.

But you can (and should) leverage your time by creating deadlines for all of the smaller milestones along your journey down Publication Highway as well.

Your scheduled writing sessions are mini-deadlines, complete with a start and stop time dictated by the rest of your schedule.

Manuscript Math allows you to accurately determine your first draft deadline.

Mark your first draft deadline on your calendar. Commit to yourself that you will meet or beat it, too. Dare yourself to work harder and finish sooner than you think you can.

Schedule a deadline for your first draft read through and notes on the holes you find and additional research you must complete before your rewrite.

SMARTU deadlines build momentum.

Every deadline should be:

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Attainable
  • Relevant
  • Time-Bound, and
  • Uncomfortable.

          Your deadlines should force you out of your comfort zone into “The Zone” – that magical space where you do all of your very best work. 

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