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Apr 13, 2019 20:19:23

I can't wait until my 200WAD deadline

by @abrahamKim PATRON | 219 words | 🐣 | 399💌

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I reside in the EDT time zone, which is six hours behind Zurich. This means that my 200WAD deadline comes at 6 PM or 18:00 rather than midnight or 00:00.

I think many loathe their deadline approaching. And I think it's because they frame it as a deadline. I know how I write when I frame things as a deadline. I'm anxious, and I rush things. Anything related to detail feels like piece of Lego on the ground I just stepped on.

The opposite of this is when I have a startline. When I'm waiting until six PM to submit something or start writing something, then I can't wait to get started. The Lego pieces on the ground now feel like possibilities -- components to build with -- rather than stumps in the road.

I couldn't wait until six (18) to start writing this. So I write this now, in three minutes before the people who live in this house return from their trip -- I've been dog/cat sitting.

So I publish this to implore you, start using startlines rather than deadlines. Quit dreading having to finish something, and instead look forward to starting it. It will make it easier. And for those stuck in sustaining their streak by writing daily for the pending deadline, just let it break and start anew with a startline. 

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    @abrahamKim I like rather than dread the rush of a deadline. Feels more like a goal than an obligation to me. But I say go with whatever works best for you to keep going.

    Jeff Riddall avatar Jeff Riddall | May 04, 2019 07:34:02
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    @abrahamKim This is a really cool approach, and it reminds me of something James Clear mentions quite often. He says things like - instead of having to cook dinner, you "get" to cook dinner, instead of having to go to work, you "get" to go to work. The premise is to flip the scenario on it's head so you can appreciate what you have in life. I think same applies here, and being grateful is something one needs to constantly practice.

    Jack Lyons avatar Jack Lyons | May 01, 2019 14:13:22
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      @jacklyons

      Bless James Clear. He's like the Jesus Christ of this website haha.

      Abe avatar Abe | May 04, 2019 11:39:59
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    @abrahamKim - Interesting concept this startlines. I think both startlines and deadlines are good motivators to get things done. I worry about the part in the middle :).
    But it is a good shift to look forward to starting something that procrastinating to the deadline.

    Keni avatar Keni | Apr 13, 2019 19:59:40
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    @abrahamKim A startline is a great concept. I’ll pretend I didn’t read the part about breaking a streak.

    Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Apr 13, 2019 12:48:19
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    @abrahamKim - love this concept! That's how I feel when I wake up in the morning. I can't wait to get out of bed. Sometimes, like this morning, It was only 3:38 -- so I went back to sleep for an hour. :-)

    Brian Ball avatar Brian Ball | Apr 13, 2019 12:10:04
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