I had sort of a small success in project planning today
I completed a task yesterday and forwarded it to someone for review and approval. They want a week which is reasonable since they have to review it with several people with different work schedules.
So if I was operating as I often do, right up against the deadline, I would be hurting. But since I had extended the project deadline from an arbitrary date to a realistic one, now it is no sweat.
For me it is a very fine line between needing the pressure of a deadline and having time to work. Not an easy thing at all to balance since I appear to need the stress to function, yet too much stress just panics me and locks me up. So I think one logical conclusion is that I need to apply internal stress to myself to set internal task deadlines like I did in this example.
This is helping a lot to break down my barriers to good project planning, always a difficult thing for me and I suspect many other people as well.
So what tricks do you have for project planning? I'm sure there are some good ones out there that would be good for sharing here.
Excellent points, bishblaize!
Those are excellent points for us deadline-crowding procrastinators! Just before my meeting on the subject I posted, the darn Excel file for some reason got bollixed up and printed really small. And PowerPoint has caused me untold last minute grief. Yes, building slack time into schedules is is good! The hard part is convincing a micromanaging boss of that. :-?
Originally Posted by bishblaize