It seems that I do my best work when there is a deadline involved. That moment in time when a piece needs to be delivered, when an appointment is made at which time all the parts need to be in place.
This is not just true for my work, but pretty much for all things in my life.
I guess I am a procrastinator at heart...
The funny thing is that I really love my work! I truly feel I have the best job imaginable Then why do I stretch things to their limit? Why do I have this tendency to push things ahead of me until there is no more time left?
Part of the answer lies in priorities ~ or lack thereof as the case may be.
The problem is that there are too many things fighting for my attention. Work, family, personal time, social time ~ and the occasional ‘emergency situation’ that needs to be taken care of right now...
I feel ~ an really hope I’m right at that ~ that I am not the only one having this need for deadlines to get whatever is obviously on the top of my priority list at that moment, done.
So what does that say about our state of being?
It does seem to tell us that we have way too much on our plate than is healthy for us. Rather than choosing to do whatever we like doing most at that time ~ choosing to do that which makes us most happy as we are doing it at that time ~ we end up doing things we feel are expected of us. In other words, we tend to say ‘yes’ more often than we should when asked if we can do something. And as a result we end up using the stress of time pressure as an indicator pointing out to us what aspect of our lives has made to ‘priority status’.
Whichever way we look at it, it is a situation that can seriously impede our balance, and as such be hazardous to our health...
Now, I’m not saying that we should disregard deadlines. There are things that need to be done by a certain time ~ and there is nothing wrong with that.
However, deadlines should not rule our lives. When we find ourselves racing form one deadline to another ~ it may be a good thing to take a step back, take a deep breath, and rearrange our priorities.
And perhaps even put ourselves back on top of that priority list...