How setting deadlines can help you find your muse
“A DEADLINE IS NEGATIVE INSPIRATION. STILL, IT'S BETTER THAN NO INSPIRATION AT ALL.”
Setting up a deadline for completion of your projects might help spur your creativity into action. There is nothing like the relentless ticking clock to kick the mind into overdrive, willing that muse to come out. Do not be afraid to challenge yourself, and if you are a big softy about it, get your significant other to help you out.
Making the deadline
Remember how it was at school when you had a book report or research paper due at the end of the week? You would procrastinate until the night before the paper had to be handed in and then pull an all-nighter, working furiously to get it everything written down, using the ticking clock as your creative inspiration in order to come up with enough material to reach the mandated five pages double spaced, 12 point font that your syllabus required.
Those were the days of furious creativity were they not? Now, that you are all grown up and set your own deadlines for creative projects, this inspiration borne out of necessity no longer spurs you on and the project you have been working on now ends up taking weeks, months or even years for you to finish up. Since there is no teacher there to dock you points for not handing it on time, you never hand it in at all.
One way to kick in your creative gear and finish up the project is to give yourself a deadline just like your instructor used to do. Deadlines work. That is why teachers and bosses like to have them. It helps spur the individual into action, urging them to complete the work or assignment they were given in a timely manner. The relentless ticking of the clock can help you forget about the problem you are having coming up with good ideas and encourage you to roll up your sleeves and dig in.
When setting up a deadline for yourself, be sure to make it challenge. Do not be afraid to make it a “mission impossible”. Pushing yourself like this might boggle your brains a bit, but it will also help you get off your rear and put things into action. If you happen to be a bit soft on yourself, it might help if you let your significant other set up your deadlines. And, if you really want to spur yourself into action, let them come up with a suitable punishment, such as no beer for a week, in order to really get the ball rolling.