When I was 15, my sister, Lucy, older and wiser by seven years, said something that didn’t make sense to my teen brain:
“If you want something done, give it to a busy person.”
More than forty years later, I recall how that statement confused me—but I get it now.
People with a lot to do already have momentum, vigor, and the systems and tools in place for efficient living. They’re the best candidates for handling a task, solving a problem, or assisting a person, team, or organization in achieving a new goal.
And, busy people also have …
As many of you know, I lost 40+ pounds in 2012 and have kept it off—all by walking. Nothing fancy, just walking.
My fav distance is four miles, which takes me about 65 minutes, so just over 16 minutes per mile. Not super fast, but not a stroll either.
Last Saturday morn, I wanted to walk but also needed to leave our property (by car) at 9:30 a.m. sharp to pick up the newest QBQ! Grandchild—4 month old, Archie. Our son, Michael, and his wife, Casey, had a wedding to film so Karen and I were going to care for “the little man” all day.
As I headed out to walk, though, I realized I’d dawdled. It was now 8:30 and it’d be difficult to get 4 miles completed.
However, in Mile One, I noticed something: I was moving at a brisker pace than usual. As I completed Mile Two, my Map My Walk app sang, “Distance: 2 miles. Time: 30 minutes, 12 seconds.”
Huh, I thought, maybe I can get 4 miles in by 9:30.
Well, as I strode back into our driveway, my app spoke, “4 miles, 59:47.”
Now, don’t let me spin like a politician and turn this into a bigger deal than it was. It was just a walk. But, I was reminded of something:
Deadlines are good things.
Here are 6 reasons for having a deadline. A deadline …
- Gives me energy and momentum
- Forces me to think (and thinking is good)
- Enables me to use the finite resource of time (they call it “time management”) more effectively
- Makes me choose/set priorities
- Allows me to make personal accountability a core life value
And, #6 is a biggie:
Deadlines destroy what we call in the QBQ! book—”The Friend of Failure”:
Struggle with procrastination? Get some deadlines!
Now, I’m telling you why we need them, but only you can figure out how to bring them into your life.
Because, bottomline, there is no right way to do so.
So, since our readers have a ton of knowledge, how about sharing with us how you establish deadlines in your life?
Teach us your best practices!
But, set a deadline for leaving a comment or it’ll never get done! 🙂
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