6 Elements of Stressful Living
and how to Live and Work Stress Free:
Day 6: Deadlines
This is a series of six articles. Get Day 1: Pushing here. Get Day 2: Rushing here. Get Day 3: Dutifying here. Get Day 4: Judgment here. Get Day 5: Povertizing here.
If you know how long it takes you to do something, you have a delivery date.
If you don’t know, lie to yourself or make yourself the prisoner of time, you have deadlines.
The name says it all: by the time you finish, you are dead.
Deadlines are a perception or interpretation of delivery dates that makes them artificial, aggressive, rigid and often downright insane.
Few industries truly need this. Newspapers were one of the industries were deadlines were part of the trade, but even they are disappearing today.
However, our entire culture has an addiction to deadlines and often creates unnecessary stress pushing towards these constructs.
As we talked in Day 2 about Rushing, if you create good systems and manage your time well, you can honor delivery dates without creating stress pushing yourself to meet deadlines.
But if you […]