Deadlines as Motivators

A person typing on a laptop keyboard.

Sometimes we need a kick in the butt or a looming deadline to get the work done.

The knowledge that a presentation, an essay, or a project has to be wrapped up and shipped in an hour can be an incredible motivator.

No more messing around, no more procrastinating, no more goofing on the internet. This is the last stretch, and you surely don’t want to mess it up, so you get to work and get it done.

And yes, you can give precisely this kind of urgency to yourself whenever you need it.