I once heard an amusing story about a company won the bid to create a new IT system for a Government Department. When the Company finished the job, they ran into an unexpected problem. The Government Department, having gotten used to Companies asking for extensions to project deadlines, had assumed this one wouldn’t be any different. As such, a team hadn’t been put together for the Company to hand over the project to.Continue reading “Dead-line”
We have hit the half year mark for 2019. Thank you for following my blog so far. It’s also a milestone for me. That being said, what have you achieved in the first half of the year? It’s time to carry out a half year review.
Before you get started
- Find a quiet spot. You will need as much focus as you can muster for this. You also don’t want to be distracted midway through.
- Have your personal development plan (PDP) in front of you. Your PDP provides an overview of what you set out to achieve for the year and how far you have come.
- Have something to write with. It can be a notebook, tablet or the note taking app on your phone. Please turn off mobile data if you choose to use an internet enabled device. You don’t need the distractions.
- Take your time. Your midyear review is not something you want to rush.
If by some weird quirk of fate, you missed the first P, be sure to read it before this one. The Second P is called Parkinson’s law, colloquially known as student syndrome. Put simply, work expands to take the amount of time set aside to get it done. When was the last time you had to write a report? How long did it take? Chances are your report took as much time as you dedicated to get it done. If you set aside two hours, it took two hours. If you set aside two days, then it took two days.
Whenever we fail to get started on a task, it’s often because:
- We do not see how the task fits into our life goals (or we don’t have a goal in the first place).
- We fear failing at the task.
- We do not have the pressure of a deadline.
Today, I will be focusing on the third reason: Understanding the power of a deadline. Anyone who was once a student understands the phenomenon known as student syndrome. Simply put, work expands to take the amount of time allowed to finish it. If an assignment is given on Monday to be submitted on Tuesday, students find a way to do it. If, however, the deadline for submission is Saturday, most people will find a way to expand the work required till Friday. A few won’t even start till Friday evening. What happened? It was the same task. The only difference was the deadline.