Deadlines - do you like them, hate them, find them useful?

I have a love/hate relationship with deadlines. Knowing something is due definitely ups my productivity. And that's a good thing. But then there's the stress. It seems like no matter how generous the deadline, I'm always feeling pressure as it nears. Of course I intend to get things done ahead of time. But then life happens.

Most of the time I make my deadlines. I've got one coming up June 15th when I've promised to submit my Lisbon novella to Dreamspinner then. It'll definitely be a stretch. And that's probably a good thing. I think.

How about you? Do deadlines motivate or overwhelm? Or both.

Me, I gotta get back to that novella now. Yikes!