The value of deadlines

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!

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  • The only value deadlines had for me was that if I didn't turn the work in before the deadline or, according to the contract within 5 business days thereafter, I didn't get paid. I always got paid. After a while they got teed if it was turned in more than 14 days before the deadline.

    On the other hand, I have had a consistent position on FB, recently reinforced by a Frontline on how it is used to tear apart the country (and other countries) just so Zuckerberg and promoters of websites in Macedonia can profit. It's similar to being motivated by wikipedia, i.e. completely stupid.

  • In reply to jack:

    Thanks for your observations, Jack. But you'd miss me if I miss my own deadlines.

  • In reply to Margaret H. Laing:

    The one thing I learned after about 12 years of this is that I can't compel a blogger to write.

    For instance, I was in on Ald. Joe Moore getting upbraided on Chicago Now and then the writer of the CTA Tattler went to work for him and the Tattler, not surprisingly, disappeared. Even though Moore was deposed, I don't think the Tattler is coming back.

  • In reply to jack:

    As they say in politics more and more, "I can neither confirm nor deny" anything about CTA Tattler's status.
    But as for not compelling a blogger to write, you'd be surprised if you knew how often I thought "I wonder what Jack will have to say about this one?"

  • In reply to Margaret H. Laing:

    Might be a difference between "induce" and "compel."

    Going further into the Chicago Now past, I once asked the Get Organized blogger how I could make someone I know one of her clients, to which her response was you can't make anyone do anything. I later realized that the proper term was something like "suggest becoming"

    But you bring up a good point on why the both of us do this and what we can expect, as opposed to me and several flamers in the right pane.

  • In reply to jack:

    Thank you for more observations, Jack.

  • I've always had a tendency to procrastinate. So deadlines came in handy. I don't know why but something Holmes said comes to mind. Life is a series of lessons with the greatest for last. Correct me if I'm wrong. Seriously.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    I was going to give up procrastinating, but I keep putting it off.
    I'm glad you have found deadlines useful.
    As for not knowing why you thought of the Holmes quotation, don't worry -- it was because I needed that one. You have the wording exactly right, and I thank you very much for it.

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