The Art of the Self-Imposed Deadline

Steven wrote The Art of the Self-Imposed Deadline last March.

For people who work for themselves, the self-imposed deadline is a fact of life. Whether you’re starting a business, writing a dissertation, or consulting for a dozen clients, paying attention only to your drop-dead dates would mean never meeting them. You obviously have to set up interim goals along the way.

But the art of self-scheduling is not unique to entrepreneurs and PhD students. It’s one that I actively — and successfully — practiced for the two decades I spent working for other people.

Key strategies suggested by Steven:
– Start your day as early as possible. (My day always goes better when I’m up before everyone else at home.)
– When it comes to small tasks, tackle similar ones back to back (“chunking” is another word for that.)
– Avoid the curse of the “final push” — Steven has an idea here I haven’t heard before. Mmm …
– Find the poetry in the humdrum (or go do something else, like go for a run or bike ride).

The comments round it out, push back on a few of the items, and agree on some of them.

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