I have some projects that have deadlines.
Ideally, you don't want to put deadlines on projects that don't really have to be done by a certain date. The reason is that nothing should go on your calendar unless it has to be done or addressed(tickled) that day.
So what I have done so far, is simply put the deadline date in the calendar. But when the week before that deadline arrives, I see that something is due. That leaves me about a week at best, to get it done. But that project may require some bigger steps to be could not be completed within a week.
So I'm hesitant about setting deadlines for intermediate steps because they don't have to be completed on a specific date.
So I don't know how to make sure I get a big project done by a deadline if the work on it is only in my "next actions" list.
Maybe tickle some of the substeps?
Weekly thorough review of each project substeps?
I'm wondering what others do about making sure the intermediate steps of big projects are completed timely so to meet the deadline. My method isn't trusted enough to keep from leaking in my head.
Thoughts? ideas? pratical methods? any methods?