I've been helping out the Chicago Now community -- rather, I hope I have -- by writing newsletter-style comments on our private Facebook page over the past few weeks. I picked out five different topics, and I write about a different one each day of the week.
It didn't take much more than a week before I could barely wait to get my note out early in the morning. I hope others expect it -- but for what's going on in my life right now, the better thing is that I expect it of myself.
I've noticed better reactions to posts when I have a series going for a particular time. I can write them ahead and plan them -- schedule them, according to our software -- to go out at regular times.
So with a second in a row with "Value" in the headline, welcome to the "Values" series.
Deadlines are the times when things must happen or have happened, of course -- the bills' due date, the ultimatum "give me your answer by" date, the time a story or report is due. We all know different kinds and reasons.
But I am coming to recognize the value of the deadline. I don't have a deadline on my novel, for instance, and I started writing it in 2012. It has a complete set of chapters, and I think I should set a deadline on getting back to it; I know I'm not abandoning it, but while no one else expects it, I should expect something of myself.
But I have a sort of deadline here at Chicago Now -- realizing that my previous post was a week old meant I'd missed one. At least it feels wrong.
So when you need to do something, set yourself a date or time deadline -- get Serious about it.
OK, off to take my own advice about the other things that need doing. Back soon!