A hard deadline means no more excuses, no more options, no second chances. It’s literally now or never.
Of course, deadlines don’t usually work that way. That’s the part of the threat of a deadline, and after the deadline passes, threats usually escalate. The stakes get higher; consequences and punishments more severe. You’re not off the hook—the deadline just hangs around your neck like a millstone that keeps growing and getting heavier.
Hard deadlines, with their attendant fearsome consequences, can shut your brain down as the deadline looms, and leave you with reduced cognitive function for up to two days after the event.
What happens to your ability to observe, to problem-solve, even to think clearly when faced with time pressure? Read More...