Forget about deadlines. How about startlines?
For a society so obsessed with when a project gets finished,we’re curiously all too casual about when to get it started.
And that can be the most critical factor of all. Which may explain why so many deadlines aren’t met. Instead of stressing over when something is due, focus on getting it underway. Set a “startline.” That is, a time before which it’s essential you get a project started, so it isn’t performed in a rushed and slapdash manner.
If you stick to your startline, it not only assures efficient, unhurried performance, it all but eliminates the need for a deadline…and the anxiety that goes with it.
Which “line” would you rather work under? Get it started. Why make yourself crazy?