Making the Best Use of Deadlines

Did you ever see the episode of The Twilight Zone Time Enough at Last? Originally airing on CBS on Nov. 20, 1959, the main character Henry Bemis, played by Burgess Meredith, has little time to read heckled by his wife and his boss for foolishly spending time reading. However, he survives Doomsday and has all the time he needs to spend on his pastime.

Deadlines are like that. We spend our working hours writing on deadline, working on deadline, and trying to beat the clock. Deadlines give us a benchmark to fulfill so we don’t procrastinate and waste time. Like Bemis, we are trapped by time since there are so many hours in a day, days in a week, and months in a year.

According to a Forbes article written by contributor Ty Kiisel, deadlines are important in business and in life. Kiisel suggests learning five principals of time management are critical in making deadlines:

Don’t Forget the Attainable Part of “SMART” Goals

Specific. Measurable. Attainable. Realistic. Timely.

When employees set their own deadlines, they often seek the attainable goals within the deadlines that they realistically can manage. Attainable deadlines will be performed at the best of employees’ abilities.

Don’t Make Promises You Can’t Keep

People tend to promise something they cannot realistically fulfill just to be kind. This type of promise sets people up for failure because there are just so many hours in a day or a week.

Arbitrary Deadlines are Morale Killers

When people set deadlines, they don’t see the bigger picture. Will the project get done within these deadlines? Will a writer have enough time to complete his or her assignment?

If Wishes Were Fishes We’d All Have a Fry

Executing the steps to finish work on deadlines are important.

Don’t Be Paralyzed By the Fear of Making a Mistake

Don’t be a perfectionist when working on deadlines. This wastes enough time to hinder deadlines you are working on.

In the final analysis, time is crucial. When I start something, I used to procrastinate until the last few days and hours. I thought this would help with my creativity, because I always think my best during crunch time. However, this also sets a writer up for failure in the long run.

When working on deadlines, set small goals that you can accomplish until the work is completed. This gives you satisfaction that the work is being done.

Greg Hitchcock is President of Greg Hitchcock Communications LLC. Comment. Like. Or Share. Greg will be so grateful that he will spend time thoughtfully responding.

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