So the thing is… I have a deadline. Well, to be clear, I have multiple deadlines because I’m in the midst of doing multiple things. And of course, each thing has a deadline.
The big deadline is 3 months away, so you might say, “Well, hey, no sweat…3 months is a long time.” But it’s really not. It’s not at all. 3 months are going to fly by and before I know it, the deadline will approach. The day will be here…knocking on my door. “Your 3 months is up. Over. Kaput. Where’s your project? We’ve come to collect it.”
And this is not one of those things that you can quickly put together 2 or 3 days before the deadline. Oh no…not at all. I NEED these 3 months to accomplish what I need to accomplish.
But then I have other deadlines. More immediate deadlines. I have, what I call, my bread and butter deadlines. Daily deadlines that are my bread and butter. Suddenly, I seem to have a lot more bread and butter deadlines than ever before. Which is kind of a good thing, but at the same time they cannot be ignored because after all, they are my bread and butter. So obviously, these immediate deadlines get my priority. And after I have accomplished what I need to do for my bread and butter, I am absolutely exhausted, knocked out, depleted and I think about the looming deadline 3 months away. And I think, “Well I have a little time for that one. Don’t I?”But no. I don’t have time. Because now it’s the end of July, and August is already fully plotted out, and before I know it, September will be here and bring with it all that it will bring. As October rolls around, the chaos may dissipate and some semblance of order may find its way into my life. But then I will only have 1 month. October. And I cannot fully count on October being my friend and providing me with the time, focus and concentration I need to complete the BIG DEADLINE.
I have to find a way to make it work. I have to. There isn’t any alternative. I am a writer. And I write for my bread and butter and I write for the big deadlines, and I live in the chaos and I get it done. I find a way. I have to. There is no room for discussion here. I find a way. There is no other option but to do it.