I haven’t been very active on this blog because I’ve been at work on a much bigger project: a screenplay. The idea came up a few years ago, and I’ve been planning it over the last year. Now I’m in the middle of writing the first draft.
The problem with passion projects is the lack of deadlines–no “Friday EOD” emails to get your ass in gear. I found an awesome resource last week: stickk.com, which was developed by Yale professors to help you achieve your goals.
First, I selected a deadline–September 1st for my first full draft. Think I selected a consequence. If I don’t complete it, I’ll pay $20 to an anti-charity of my choice. They have both liberal and conservative options, depending on your stance on gun control, abortions, and other social issues. I think this is a genius feature–now it is actually immoral for me to miss this deadline.
Next, I chose a referee–my boyfriend. He will confirm whether or not I accomplished the goal. The social pressure is a great impetus to make real progress every day.
“To achieve great things, two things are needed: a plan and not quite enough time.’
Not quite enough time is exactly how I’m feeling right now. But I’ll make it happen, now that I have real consequences. I’ll check back with you in September to let you know how done. So back to work!