The best projects have timelines and deadlines. I don’t know how anyone gets anything done without imposing those on themselves.
My last article talked about the path less taken and challenging yourself to pursue your passion, but in the end, and at the end of that article, I touched on deadlines.
My biggest enemy is procrastination. I don’t think I’m alone. When I’m at my ‘real job’ I can’t just put things off and ignore projects for weeks at a time, but for some reason the projects I lay at my own feet get delayed and ignored. Why? These are the things I am passionate about.
Unfortunately it comes down to feedback and feelings of self-worth. No one has jumped on either of my screenplays and my book sales are mediocre, but that really shouldn’t be the thing that holds me back. The writing is the ends, not the means. My self-worth can’t be measured by the judgement/reaction of the outside world. My work has to be ongoing for me.
Well, that got a little personal. I don’t limit what I write here because I think the process has to be organic, not contrived, so there it is for the world to see. My self-doubt… but I have a feeling I am not the only one. We ARE worthy. And we are creating. And the process continues…
Back on target. One thing that helped drive me with the audio works was that there was a group of people depending on me to finish scripts and there were definite deadlines. I allowed other people to determine what I was creating and when it was due, but truthfully my inner demands should be given equal weight. A self-imposed deadline should be just as valid and urgent as anything coming from without.
Let’s make it so.