Fifteen minutes to five o’clock, and you decide to pack up and go home. You’ll work on the outline at home, while munching on cherry tomatoes and sucking honey-lemon cough drops. You’ll motivate in the dust and squalor of your own apartment—you will! You want the outline to be good, that’s first and foremost. But you also want the outline to be finished on Monday in order to give the editors a realistic amount of time in which to get back to you with their very many (you suspect a great many) comments, so you have a realistic amount of time to address said comments and write said book by the deadline. This is thinking ahead; it’s also being very ambitious. You are stuck between the two dueling elements of “good” and “done.” Good and/or done… can you have both at once?
And by Monday?