Work to meet your alivelines.

Why do they call it a deadline when you feel more alive when you are finished?

You might be tired, but you are alive.
And probably also relieved.
Or excited.
Or satisfied.
Or inspired.
Or grateful.

I mean, the threat of death seems downright silly since that’s the least likely thing to happen – even if you don’t meet the so-called deadline.

Then you might be disappointed.
Or frustrated.
Or anxious.
Or discouraged.
Or embarrassed.
But you are still alive.

What would happen if you gave your deadlines a different name?

What if they were your alivelines?
Or proudlines?
Or woohoolines?

More suggestions?

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You can thank the very smart Kelly for this post. It was her question that got me thinking about this.

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12 Responses to “Work to meet your alivelines.”

  1. 1 Hiro Boga July 30, 2009 at 7:53 am

    Cairene, I love Alive-lines! Or joylines, delightlines, or even something that does away with lines altogether. Much more appealing than deadlines! :-)


  2. 3 Fred H Schlegel July 30, 2009 at 8:36 am


    I love this thinking – and live-line might just be the ticket.

  3. 5 Michelle Russell July 30, 2009 at 10:42 am

    Hmmm . . . if they’re representing things you complete, how about “finish lines”? :o)

    • 6 Cairene July 30, 2009 at 11:00 am

      Makes me think of a race/competition, so doesn’t have quite the right vibe for me… but that doesn’t matter. The question is: Does “finish line” work for you? Because I could see how it might be exciting…

  4. 7 Liz July 30, 2009 at 2:02 pm

    How about ‘done-line’?

  5. 9 JoVE July 30, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    How about the-point-at-which-I-declare-this-finished

    Too long. But too often the problem is with deciding something is done and not tweaking it. With an externally imposed delivery date (there, “delivery date”) you will let it go anyway. But setting your own, means deciding you are finished with it, even if it is not done, in the “there is no more I could do to this”.

    delivery date
    estimated delivery date
    proposed delivery date

    ooh, birth date?

    riffs on ETA… estimated time of completion, etc.

    • 10 Cairene July 30, 2009 at 2:57 pm

      ah. now you are getting at the heart of Kelly’s original question…



      I like birth-date a lot too. :)

  6. 11 Melissa Grossman August 2, 2009 at 4:17 am

    This week I opted to rename Writer’s Block as Writer’s Nap. Then I actually took one. It was great!

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