My wife and I hosted a cookout tonight for the students I work with. It’s our way of thanking them for all the hours they put in during the summer.

We decided just this week to move the cookout to today. And we were busy the last couple of days getting the house ready, doing yard work, and buying and preparing food. We got a lot done in a short time, and our home and yard are in better shape than they’ve been all summer.

Without this cookout to prepare for, those chores around the house would not have gotten done anytime soon.

Deadlines make things happen, especially public ones. It’s worth setting a deadline just to spark action.

Need to clean your house? Invite someone over. Want to make an idea of yours come to life? Pick a date and put something on the line that will force you to get moving.