Deadlines and Downtime

Megan Mcdonough

Deadlines are a funny thing. I buckle down and get things done for a tight timeline. But when the deadline is far in the distance, I feel like I have all the time in the world to get something done. And therefore nothing gets done.

A tight deadline is like the whirling dervish syndrome right before vacation—quickly tying up loose ends, getting tasks completed that have been sitting in the inbox for some time, and responding in short, succinct sentences to looming emails.

For me, it’s finding a good balance between the deadlines and the downtime for lasting endurance and happiness. Too much of either and I get cranky or bored.

Remember what summer felt like when you were a kid? Each day was like an eternity of open space. It was fantastic at the beginning, and when it was over, you were ready for school (or at least ready for something different).

Is there that type of balance in your life now? Do you have a chance to sit under the blue sky to daydream, balancing the get-it-done-now project that stretches your comfort zone?

[tags]dealines, downtime, happiness, endurance, balancing daily tasks, timeline[/tags]

Author: Megan Mcdonough

People with big ideas face a constant challenge: how to transform that vision into a new and better reality. Whether it’s change in your personal life or success in your business, vision needs action (and rest) to manifest.

2 Responses to “Deadlines and Downtime”

  1. I can totally relate to this post. I am always balancing between the two and have often questioned “how can I turn my normal productivity into just before vacation mode” and then enjoy the downtime just as much as sitting beach side. Ah, the joys of being in the moment whereever we may be in our life.
    Great post.

  2. Thanks Andrea! Never thought of pouring on the before-vacation productivity so I could take the rest of the day off, like a mini vacation. I tend to just keep going…

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