Most times, it doesn’t matter whether you take a day or a week or even a month to do what you say you’re going to do. The point of the deadline is to work towards it and report progress against it. You know how you’re doing. They know how you’re doing. Everyone can tee up for next steps.
It’s a general good. Deadlines help you plan your work – whether you’re the one working on the deadline or the one waiting on its outcome.
They’re about clarity of the goal and commitment to delivery.
Which means they’re really about communication and follow through.
Which means when the deadline slips, it’s even more about communication and even more about commitment to follow through on whatever statements are now being made.
No room, no benefit, no upside in guessing games.
Skippy strategy: When things start to slip, increase communications and increase commitment.
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