I always wondered what is more important; your sanity or getting the work done.
Deadlines are important for writers working with a editor or just themselves. They help us be focused and adds pressure. But when you're writing on your own, when do you know you're pushing yourself too hard? How do you know your time line is insane and impossible, like say revise an entire novel in a month?
The answer I always find is: "it depends on the person." Meaning, it's up to us to decide.
But when you keep missing the deadline and never seem to ever finish the daily to-do list, is it because we're not pushing ourselves hard enough or did we set the bar too high?
I think I've finally found the solution to this problem of mine! I'm going to push myself till near the brink of death to finish everything I said I was going to for the day. Get it done even if it means missing sleep for a few days. At the end, if I'm barely standing or conscious, then its most likely I'm biting too much than I can chew. If I feel great and productive, then obviously I have to push myself and I can.
All it comes down to is action. I can second guess myself forever, but I'll never come to a decision unless I just shut up and do it.