"I love deadlines," said Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy author Douglas Adams. "I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by." Here's a mental trick for thinking of long-term deadlines, based on minor spoilers for the horror film It Follows.
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Time is something we all wish we had more of, but it's unfortunately a finite resource. Whether you're trying to be less flaky, or you can't seem to ever be on time for anything, it can help to remember that time is valuable for everyone.
Most of us hate deadlines, but they're part of life. If your deadlines are whooshing by, adding a unique colour cues you in that the deadline is creeping up.
"When you finish a project with an unrealistic deadline, your reward is another project with another unrealistic deadline." Meridian Health Plan CIO Tom Lauzon made that observation at the Progress Exchange conference I attended last week, and it's definitely worth bearing in mind.
No human on earth escapes the plague of procrastination. We're all wired to put things off, but we also have the capacity to override that tendency. This weekend, pick one of the many ways to purge yourself of procrastination and start getting things done.
Managing deadlines on long-term projects can be a tricky task: far-off deadlines don't seem real, and imminent daily deadlines don't seem to move the project along. The head of London's planning committee for the 2012 Summer Olympics argues that measuring far-off events in weeks helps to keep projects on track.