Day 5: The Power of Deadlines

In this blog:

  • Day 5 Notes on the 100 Day Challenge – The Power of Deadlines
  • Week 26 Day 2 Run

Day 5:  The Power of Deadlines (4:14) – below is an abridged and quasi verbatim recount of today’s 100 Day Challenge video with my personal commentary in italics

When you set a deadline and expect to get your goals accomplished quickly, they get accomplished quickly.  Any task or goal takes as much time as you allow it to take.

I’m often reminded of the phrase, “tis the good reader that makes the good book” and I’m a good reader so, I already recognize today’s video as being about what’s known as Parkinson’s Law which states that “work expands to fill the amount of time available for it’s completion”  This is a concept which I have also noticed can be parlayed into the realm of money and expenses so, one may state it that expenses expand to the amount of money available …in that a lot of people have a tendency to spend everything they have.  

You will always work best under a self-determined or externally fixed deadline for achieving your goals.  Deadlines challenge you to perform.  Remember you are a performance artist.  Avoid the mistake of plunging ahead without a high sense of urgency.

In an ideal world, behavior shouldn’t depend on deadlines, it should depend on your values.  High performing people have a strong sense of urgency.  A clearly understood deadline that is shared, agreed upon and committed to is the silver bullet of proactive behavior.

Silver Bullet

Deadlines have three distinct purposes

  1. Deadlines represent commitment
  2. Deadlines enforce accountability
  3. Deadlines create a sense of urgency

Today’s Challenge

  1. Place a realistic deadline on each goal and activity
  2. Work your tail off to meet each deadline and astound yourself by what you are able to accomplish.

Day 5 Commentary – 

I think one thing I’m realizing is that self induced stress can help belay externally induced stress.  Dr. Hans Selye who I’ve mentioned in a previous blog is the last person I’ve heard talk about this (via YouTube videos).  He emphasised the importance of stress as well as it’s downfall.

The stress that comes a persons way due to inactivity and nonchalant living is worse than the self imposed stress of activity towards conscientious living.

Deadlines & urgency….  I admit, left to my own devices, I don’t necessarily always perform with a sense of urgency outside of work.  Maybe that’s one of the reasons I can be so easily comfortable.  I did have one idea yesterday about how to help artificially incorporate a sense of urgency.  Being a guy, I don’t have any beauty type makeover ambitions but, I have had this garage slash living room makeover type idea in my head and was thinking of only allowing myself once during the month of October to get this garage makeover accomplished.  I was sort of thinking about it as my October Opportunity to get this done.  So, I am only allowing myself yesterday and today to work on this project and, if I don’t do it or don’t get it done then I won’t allow myself to put it back on my list of things to do again until next month and must move on to other projects.

Here’s a cool thing about my October Opportunity idea as it relates to my garage makeover.  Since other people in the 100 Day Challenge receive a copy of my Daily 10 Item Prioritized list of activities, commitments and deadlines for each day, I can add the fact that I will not be repeating this garage makeover task for the rest of this month.  Either I get it done when I say or I have to wait until next month to complete.

Week 26 Day 2 Run – 2 miles

I’ve been adding a little bit to the beginning and end of the 1.5 mile path in the park to get about 2 miles in for these last two runs.  My legs felt a bit heavy but I also noticed that my time was better during my 2nd run of the week compared to my first, 14:17 versus 14:58 for my first run.

I overlayed my brother’s 8 mile run with my 2 mile run at the same scale and came up with the following…

Our Run

My 2 mile run is a little loop on the left and his elongated 8 mile run is on the right.  Mine looks better zoomed in…..


I’ve got about 1/2 year in now of training and have pretty much stuck to the program I have.  The past few weeks I’ve fallen off the wagon but I found it interesting in that if I look at my training program – I have 4 weeks of blanks with nothing specific for these last few weeks either.  So, in a way, I’ve still been doing what’s been written down 😉

Both of my last two runs have been non-stop.  It takes a long time to get appreciable results but, they do eventually happen.  The basic formula for my training has been 2 short runs, 1 medium run and 1 long run.  That formula seems to work and is well reviewed and accepted from everything I’ve been able to read on the subject.

I’m not sure if it’s ego or pragmatism but I would really like all my training runs to consist of non-stop running.  I don’t get any particular high from walking but can become elated from non-stop jogging & running.



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