Deadlines

Deadlines, deadlines, deadlines….

Just the though can make you cringe. How many times have we let ourselves fall in to the circle of too much to do and not enough time to do it. I do it all the time, and it’s really bad, both for your health, and your productivity.

Some deadlines come from external sources, such as work, school, family, etc. But in reality, some of the worst deadlines come from internal sources. I’ve discussed before about how our society creates a constant struggle for getting as much done as fast as possible. If we sit down, we are being unproductive. If we sleep in, we are wasting our lives. If we don’t get it done NOW, we are missing an opportunity.

News flash, nothing happens fast. In fact, successful projects take years of development. We are so worried about getting it done fast, we oft forget that the road is incredibly long. The average professional race is over 30 years. 30 years.

I don’t know about you, but I certainly can’t keep up 110% efficiency for that long of a period of time.

In China, there is a word for this. “Karoshi”, or, death by overwork, and 600,000 people die from it per annum.

Mike Robbins has some suggestions for giving yourself more time and space. In his Huffington Post article he suggests the following:

  1. Take ownership of your relationship with your time, schedule, and commitments
  2. Turn down projects with unrealistic deadlines, or unclear objectives
  3. Allocate more time to projects then you think you’ll need

I agree with all of the above. I find myself, when rushing from one task to another, getting aggravated, overwhelmed, even agitated that people drive so slow. But in reality, the external world isn’t holding me back, my internal pressure is distorting my reality.

I’d like to leave off with the following

“By working only when you are most effective, life is both more productive and more enjoyable. It’s the perfect example of having your cake and eating it, too.”

Timothy Ferriss

The 4-hour work week

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