Deadlines can be deadly
Don’t overdo it
Most of us agree that deadlines are necessary. They help us to scope the work and make a plan. Awareness of the deadline helps us to focus and get the work done on time.
But, the stated deadline may be entirely arbitrary or self-imposed and it may actually not be very important. Seldom is it absolutely necessary to be on time or don’t show up at all. (Except maybe to catch a flight, make a tee-time or deliver a keynote presentation.)
Deadlines can be helpful until they become an obsession. Then they become a distraction from focusing on the work quality and content. Time is running out and you’re not yet finished? You’re not yet proud of the work you've done? Re-negotiate the deadline.
Don’t obsess over deadlines. Make sure they’re real, not arbitrary or imaginary.
Be better. Do better.
Your Uncle Ralph, Del Chatterson