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  • How do you manage deadlines?

    Hi,

    If you're only thinking about one 'next action' at a time, how do you ensure you reach your deadlines?

    Thanks,

    Trisha

  • #2
    Count-down

    Hi Trisha,

    count-down entries in my paper calendar, e.g.:

    30 days till deadline for report xy,
    20 days till deadline for report xy,
    10 days till deadline for report xy,
    05 days till deadline for report xy.

    Rainer

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    • #3
      Thanks

      Thanks Rainer

      It's good to see you here - it's a small world.

      After all, you're in Germany, I'm in Australia, and we are both posting on an American site.

      See you around more, I hope.

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      • #4
        If I have a specific deadline for a project, what I do is add the deadline date at the end of every Next Action for that project, for example:

        Do action 1 (feb 1)
        Do action 2 (feb 1)

        That way I always have a reminder of the end date in mind when looking at the NA list and can prioritize my next actions appropriately.

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        • #5
          Project planning

          So,

          Are you saying that when you have a project to do, you should list all the NA's in advance and give each a deadline?

          I thought that was traditional project-planning, which is frowned upon by GTD.

          Am I mistaken?

          Trisha

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          • #6
            No, what I mean is, if I know for example that the final drop-dead due date for Project X is Feb 1, then whenever I finish up a Next Action for Project X and write down the next Next Action for project X, then I also write down the final due date of the PROJECT (Feb 1) next to the Next Action. If I have a drop-dead due date for a Next Action, I'll write that down, too, but that rarely happens for me - usually I can do my Next Actions any time as long as it happens before the final Project due date.

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            • #7
              Ok.

              So how do you pace yourself during a project?

              If you don't lay out all the steps and give a deadline to each, how do you prevent yourself from doing the first NA's slowly, then rushing through the last NA's to complete the project on time?

              Thanks,

              Trisha

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