Deadlines have always been necessary. We know their purpose.
We may shy away from deadlines that approach, but those are the only real thing between having a role and acting the way that role is expected to act.
Deadlines can mean when something is completely absorbed by us and no longer necessary to work on. Or it can mean the last chance we have to gain experience or knowledge from a particular activity.
The deadline we have given ourselves must be one that cannot be pushed around. Deadlines that are given to us always seem to have a high chance of forcing ourselves into the learning experience we only expected had we done way more than anticipated.
Deadlines shape our schedule to learn
In order to have a deadline, we need a schedule. In order to have a schedule, we need to plan to do something.
At times when scheduling a meeting, event, activity or whatever it may be, unless there is a deadline to force you to do what you have hoped to accomplish, there will be no motivation for you to do it.
This sounds obvious as deadlines are forcibly backed by this reasoning, but taking into account the possibility of slower growth, one that gives room for fewer deadlines, will show progress without showing the capability of quicker growth.
We will not be able to see what we are missing out on if our deadlines are chances to learn and grow are in what we would consider a comfortable spot.
The comfortable spot may be where we start and how a natural start to an endeavor begins, yet there should be a deadline to where that comfort zone ends and the new progress begins.
Make deadlines or receive deadlines
I had a deadline for a story in one of my journalism classes last semester.
There was an initial draft due for a story. I had time that I thought was adequate to accomplish what I needed to get done.
What threw me off was the day we had a guest lecturer from the class that my class was a prerequisite course for come in and talk about what is to come.
I am now in that what is to come course, and without even diving deep into the course yet as it is only the second week, I can see the growth that will come with the course and the importance of deadlines.
That one story I had for my previous class was nothing in comparison.
I thought that one story was my big project for the course, and it was, but the course after takes that project and requires students to do that project to completion on a weekly basis, if not more depending on what requirements of the story are met.
The course before gave me time to think and reflect on what I was learning. This new class gives me the chance to learn that every week.
Although entering the course sounded scary to most of the students and the guest lecturer knew the effect of her lecture, that didn’t stop students including me from understanding the purpose of the prerequisite course.
The purpose of the first course was the walk us through how to make a story. How to come up with an idea, pitch it, gather sources, work on edits, everything there is to do for a story.
The deadline for the first course, i.e. the end of the semester, was the deadline for focusing on the thought process side of things.
Once we had the tools, it was time to do it over and over to gain knowledge and experience from story creation on a weekly basis.
Take time for action, not planning
When we are given a moderate amount of time to do something, we may procrastinate it or take into account time to take elongated breaks.
Learning from planning can only go so far before the only thing left to teach you is through action, in which case, action should be the strived for experience.
We can accomplish more than we think, we just need to really test what we gauge as comfortable and figure out what we can shrink that time to making it doable and better for ourselves.
Comfort isn’t always the best thing. Comfort can mean many things regarding a role or a job, but having work related to deadlines means comfort in deadlines is a missed opportunity to make quicker and better progress.