View Full Version : How do you manage deadlines?
01-15-2005, 08:02 PM
If you're only thinking about one 'next action' at a time, how do you ensure you reach your deadlines? :?
01-16-2005, 06:00 AM
count-down entries in my paper calendar, e.g.:
30 days till deadline for report xy,
20 days till deadline for report xy,
10 days till deadline for report xy,
05 days till deadline for report xy.
01-16-2005, 07:01 PM
Thanks Rainer :D
It's good to see you here - it's a small world.
After all, you're in Germany, I'm in Australia, and we are both posting on an American site. :D
See you around more, I hope.
If I have a specific deadline for a project, what I do is add the deadline date at the end of every Next Action for that project, for example:
Do action 1 (feb 1)
Do action 2 (feb 1)
That way I always have a reminder of the end date in mind when looking at the NA list and can prioritize my next actions appropriately.
01-19-2005, 04:07 PM
Are you saying that when you have a project to do, you should list all the NA's in advance and give each a deadline?
I thought that was traditional project-planning, which is frowned upon by GTD.
Am I mistaken? :?
No, what I mean is, if I know for example that the final drop-dead due date for Project X is Feb 1, then whenever I finish up a Next Action for Project X and write down the next Next Action for project X, then I also write down the final due date of the PROJECT (Feb 1) next to the Next Action. If I have a drop-dead due date for a Next Action, I'll write that down, too, but that rarely happens for me - usually I can do my Next Actions any time as long as it happens before the final Project due date.
01-20-2005, 08:57 PM
So how do you pace yourself during a project?
If you don't lay out all the steps and give a deadline to each, how do you prevent yourself from doing the first NA's slowly, then rushing through the last NA's to complete the project on time?