How Self-imposed Deadlines Can Drive You Nuts

by Cathy Miller

in Miller Musings, On Business

It’s March 1st – the date I targeted for the rebirth of my personal blog.

Then life happened.

  • Mom had knee replacement surgery
  • The theme I selected released major bugs
  • The easy one I purchased as a replacement was not so easy

Did I mention I also bought a new desktop?

So, here it is my deadline and I’m not ready.

Suffering for my Art

Okay, maybe art is a bit presumptive.

I love the start of a new year, a new month. There is always such hope.

One of my goals for this year was the rebirth of my personal blog, A Baby Boomer’s Second Life. I was public about my intent. And you know what happens then.

Friends, who shall remain nameless, Linda, started asking –

“Hey, where’s your blog?”

Next, the defensive rhetoric begins.

  • I didn’t say when in 2011
  • Mom had knee replacement surgery
  • The theme I selected released major bugs
  • The easy one I purchased as a replacement was not so easy

Who is Going to Remember This?

A favorite saying of one of my brothers (I have four) is–

“100 years from now, is anyone going to remember this?”

Exactly. So, I decided to do this post, use social media to let you know it’s out there, and do my formal roll-out when I have my other planned projects lined up.

Love Yourself

With everything going on, I was totally stressing myself out over a deadline.

This was not a client deadline, which I take very seriously. This was a self-imposed deadline.

  • Why are we so hard on ourselves?
  • Life is not perfect, so why do we expect perfection?
  • Imperfections are so much more interesting.

The Naked Truth

So, here it is in all its naked truth.

  • My theme still needs a lot of work
  • I will be forced to get better at Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
  • Now, you know the naked truth –

I am not perfect.

And that’s okay. I hope you will bear with me. Subscribe to updates through the RSS or email. That way you won’t have to put any self-imposed deadline on checking for updates.

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{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Kim Lemon March 1, 2011 at 8:34 am

Well done Cathy! Happy March 1st!!


Cathy March 1, 2011 at 9:09 am

Welcome, Kim!

You have the distinction of being my first commenter after the rebirth of my personal blog. :-) Not sure it’s worth much (except to me). Thanks for stopping by. Now that I know at least one person is following me, I’ll have to pay attention to this blog now. 😀

Thanks again, Kim, and happy March 1st to you, too. March? Seriously?

P.S. Just found a problem – my Gravatar (my picture) is not working with the new theme. *Sigh* off to fix it.


Cathy March 1, 2011 at 9:10 am

Well what you know-it did work, but only after I hit Submit. Yay-little victories. :-)


Aaron March 1, 2011 at 12:29 pm

Fantastic! Awesome! It looks great and had you not mentioned your woes, I’d have never known. Keep it going ..Your writing is wonderful and we’re reading :)

I miss you
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Cathy March 1, 2011 at 12:42 pm

Hey Aaron-Great to hear from you! Thanks for the kudos. I miss you, too. Thanks for stopping by. I hope to get some regular blogging going here.

Take care, Dude! :-)


Beverly March 1, 2011 at 4:06 pm

Boy Kathy! The page looks great. Makes me feel like an under-achiever..but I love it. Keep up the momentum. It helps to keep you young.


Cathy March 1, 2011 at 4:14 pm

Thank you, Beverly. So nice of you to stop by-even if you did spell my name with a “K” instead of a “C.” LOL!!! 😀 How many years have we known each other?

But, I will take most any comment. :-) Thanks for stopping by, Beverly. I hope to see my Pru buddies in the not too distant future.


Tammy March 1, 2011 at 7:43 pm

Hi Cathy,

It does look nice. I hope Mom is doing well. Deadlines do keep us honest.


Tammy March 1, 2011 at 7:44 pm

Your picture looks good too!!


Cathy March 1, 2011 at 8:16 pm

Thanks, Tammy. Yes, that old school work ethic has a hard time ignoring deadlines-self-imposed or otherwise. I appreciate you dropping by and hope all is well with the not-so-new job.

The picture is a professional one-hey, I’m a professional and I pointed it at myself and snap! 😀

Hope to see you around here again soon, Tammy.


linda barney March 1, 2011 at 10:15 pm

Hey!, give me full credit by……………. giving my last name (Barnoid).
Say more about Mumsy……….ginger snaps! She got’em………..yes???


Cathy March 2, 2011 at 2:47 am

Okay, if you want the world to know you are a nag. :-) Check your cell phone voice mail-Mumsy left you a personal thank you on the day she received the ginger snaps.

Note to readers-the secret is out, my mother is addicted to Trader Joe’s ginger snaps. We don’t have a Trader Joe’s in Boise and since I moved from San Diego, I now had to employ a new dealer Thanks, Linda! :-)


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