It's not that I like the drama of deadlines, or the pressure that comes from knowing I have a lot of tasks on my to-do list. It's more the fact that I make it a point to organize my time when I am busy, and when I'm not, I don't.
It's so easy to push off doing something when my schedule is open. "Oh, yeah. I'll get to that later." Except I don't, and I look back at the end of day with the sinking realization that I wasted time that could have been spent doing something productive.
Don't get me wrong--I know it's important to take breaks, and to spend a day or two relaxing and decompressing. But do I really need to play Bejeweled all afternoon? I think not.
My biggest fear is that I'll reach the end of my summer break with nothing to show for it, writing-wise. That's why I'm making it a point to prioritize my writing every day, even it I only get a few sentences down. I would dearly love to have a draft of book 3 complete by the time I go back to work, but I know it will only happen if I make it happen. If that means tricking myself into being busy, so be it.
What about you? Do you work better when you're already busy, or are you more disciplined than me? :-)