I'm one of those people who needs deadlines, finite times and dates, basically 'you will have this done, ready, prepared by such and such a time' people. Otherwise I just keep putting things off. Not so much procrastination because I usually know what I have to do, but actually getting on with it is another story.
I'm a gunna person. This year I've announced to any one prepared to listen - no one because they've heard it all before - I'm gunna paint all the inside of our house, get a new bathroom and empty the lockup that holds another houseload of furniture that we stored when we moved into our small beach house permanently. And what have I achieved? Three carloads of boxes out of the lockup. Sigh. At least I can never say I've got nothing to do.
So I definitely need deadlines and working for M&B is a breeze because I always know exactly when a book is due in and I get it there on time every time.
But at the moment I'm head down, proverbial up doing revisions on my current medical story. It went in on time and my editor worked fast to get revisions back to me because at the end of April I'm heading away to Europe for nearly seven weeks and do not want to be working then. Gathering ideas for new stories, yes. Revising this current one, no.
So at the moment my office is chaos, paper from here to Africa, notes, pads, pens, you name it, and all because the revisions have turned into a nightmare. Probably because I'm trying too hard to get them out of the way so I can concentrate on what to put in my case. Thanks to Stefanie London for her Lovecats blog about packing for trips. I got lots of great tips there.
When I write I do revert to old fashioned things like printout of my work and pen and paper for notes but this is a mess and I spend half my time trying to find what I've written down about my hero that I want to change.
So I have a date to get finished by. Next Wednesday the 19th. End of. SEND. I know I'll do it because of that date, otherwise I'd probably be sitting in the departure lounge of Auckland International doing the darned revisions.
Do you need deadlines or can you just get on with whatever you need to without them?
Have a wonderful Easter everyone. I'm gunna. Hope the bunny brings lots of chocolate.