Great perspective regarding stress and I completely agree that stress allows me to get things done and keeps the snowball moving.
There are a variety of ways to keep accountable outside of school. Working with a group of people who believe in a particular goal is helpful. There are also different types of financial incentives. There are websites that if you don’t make your goal it will donate your money (you determine the amount) to a charity that you don’t like. It has been shown that people will work harder to prevent the loss of money than making money.
Nice article, hope it gave you a good amount of stress to write it.