I seem to keep taking on more projects every day. And really, there is nothing wrong with that. They are almost all projects I enjoy doing. But I foresee a little bit of an issue coming up.
They all have the same deadline.
And that could really be bad for me. Scrambling to finish one thing on deadline is a craft I have mastered. Scrambling to finish six things at the same times makes my head spin. And then I have to go take a nap.
Some people get nervous about a deadline and can’t sleep. I am the opposite. Pulling an all-nighter to study for a test? Sure, right after I nap for an hour. Working on a huge presentation that is due today? No problem. Just let me catch a few winks and I’ll be ready to work.
I can be stressed about a deadline, get an extension, and then stop working until I am facing the exact situation the extension was supposed to avoid.
For years I have tried to find ways to outsmart myself – setting pretend early deadlines, rewarding myself for early progress. Unfortunately, I am not easily fooled.
I’ve decided this time around, I’m just going to try to enjoy the ride. I know it’s going to get crazy there toward the end, but it will all get done. Right?