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3 Reasons Why We Should Love Deadlines

Douglas Adams quote

“I love deadlines. I love the whooshing sound they make as they rush by.”

– Douglas Adams

I’m sure every project manager knows the quote above.

Douglas Adams was a notorious procrastinator and whiled many an hour away having baths rather than write – hence bath towels feature prominently in ‘The Hitch-Hikers Guide To The Galaxy’.

On the other side of the spectrum, Barbara Cartland had a reasonable attitude towards bath time and limited herself to one bath a day thereby allowing her to publish 723 books with a further 160 books unpublished at the time of her death.

Deadlines are important.

I know that.

I made one of my four Core Values specifically about deadlines, it simply reads: Love Deadlines.

The title is a tongue-in-cheek nod to this quote and also because I believe we should love deadlines. Think about it.

  • You respect the opinion of one you love. When setting deadlines, respect all parties to whom the deadline applies and set an appropriate, achievable deadline.
  • You don’t want to harm one you love. Setting a realistic deadline is less likely to harm the outcome of your project.
  • You protect one you love. You put in place safeguards to ensure you can meet your deadline.

And just in case you’re interested, I’m more likely to take a shower.

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