I’ve been working on a creative music project for a few weeks now, and I can finally see light at the end of the artistic tunnel. Ordinarily, I could take my sweet-ass time and finish when good and ready. But this particular project has a deadline – less than a week away – so there’s been no time to waste, sweet-ass or otherwise.


Deadlines aren’t evil. They can be daunting, sure, but for some of us (Me! Me! Me!), deadlines are necessary. Some deadlines incentivize us to earn money. Some keep us from feeling the shame of failure. Some spur us to do basic things like laundry and scrub the toilet, just so we have clean underpants and non-gross bathrooms. I don’t know about you, but I happen to be a fan of clean underpants and clean toilets. So “deadlines” for laundry and routine cleaning are okay in my book.


As for my creative project, I’ll update you on that front in a week or so. I’m still tweaking, but the tick-tock of the clock has done its job in pushing me toward the finish line. And making this particular deadline – which I’m sure to do – already feels like an accomplishment.