Monday, January 22, 2024

Need some motivation? Create a deadline and let everyone know!

It was blue Monday this week: apparently the most depressing day of the year here in the UK.

The short days, bad weather, cold nights, all conspire to rob us of our motivation. Here’s an idea that might help.

I’ve written before about how you can Create your own deadlines and bring some structure to your life and work. But deadlines can also work wonders if you’re lacking motivation.

Nothing focuses the mind more than a looming deadline. Even if you’re feeling low, unwell, lacking motivation, lazy, or just not bothered, you still need to get the job done.

However, a deadline will only work if you make it widely known. You have to publicly proclaim your deadline or you’ll just let it slip.

As a singer you might put your name down for an open mic night, or volunteer to sing solo at your next choir concert, or sign up (and pay) for a singing lesson, or agree with some friends to put on a performance.

As a choir leader you might set a date to run a singing workshop, or organise a concert for your choir, or arrange a song for the next choir rehearsal, or sign up (and pay) for a course involving professional development.

Whatever it is, once it’s out there and on people’s calendars, it becomes much harder to not do it or you’ll be letting people down.

The say that desire follows action. In the same way, motivation follows a deadline!

Chris Rowbury


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