The Beauty of Self-Imposed Deadlines

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I moved on July 2 and less than a week and a half later, I’m settled in. This was the easiest move I’ve ever experienced for a few reasons.

First, the house was empty so the landlord was kind enough to let me move stuff in early. I spent that time getting the kitchen set up and carrying over odd-shaped things I didn’t want to pack.

Second, I don’t have as much stuff to move as I did in 2017. When I left San Antonio, I got rid of 50 to 60 percent of my things. That decision made this move much easier, even though I'm still releasing items to Goodwill so they can bless someone else.

Third—and this was the most important part of all—I gave myself a deadline. Twelve days after moving in, my family will be arriving for a visit and we’re having a little get-together at my home with local friends and family members.

No pressure, eh?

I didn't think much about it when I created the deadline. I did it instinctively because I know myself well. Very well. 

I know that if something doesn’t get on the main list, I’ll forget about it. Once it’s on the list, it needs to become a priority. Once it’s a priority, it gets a deadline assigned. Then it gets done.

If it doesn’t follow this pattern, it's off my radar. I'd love to tell you my life worked differently, but it doesn't. 

I even set deadlines for mundane tasks like washing my car. Granted, it may take a little longer to get to priority status but it always gets done. Eventually.

Self-imposed deadlines are a habit for me. They provide the pressure I need to get me moving. They back me into a corner so I'll come out swinging. There's no time to think, no time to evaluate. It's all about taking action and getting things done, quickly and efficiently.

That said, I will admit that the move encouraged a number of “oh-dear-what-was-I-thinking” moments. I went into overwhelm. I wandered aimlessly from room-to-room. I walked through the house saying out loud, "Focus, focus, focus!"

Then I remembered my self-imposed deadline. And just like Cher’s character in “Moonstruck,” I said, “Snap out of it!” and got moving again.

Am I the only one who does this? Do you do it too? Or do you have other habits that keep you focused and on track? I'd love to hear about them, so connect with me on my Facebook page.

Be #True, and have a Refreshing and Productive Day!

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