Why You Should Always Have Deadlines

Deadlines are very important. Deadlines ensure that objectives are completed in a timely manner, or there is usually some form of consequence.

In the design world, those consequences are normally a sizeable discount or refund to the client.

We should all be giving ourselves deadlines, regardless of the type of project we are working on. Whether a side project or a design for a client, give yourself a deadline.

Deadlines embodies more than just an end date, deadlines represent a promise. A promise that reflects on our character and impacts our reputation.

Whether you’re a student, business owner or designer, we have all had deadlines. Deadlines allow us to have reasonable expectation of ourselves and others.

Deadlines are very important in society and as a designer, you should always have one.

It’s a constant reminder to focus.

We are more aware, and focused on tasks when there is a deadline present. A deadline is a gloomy reminder that we owe something to an individual or entity.

We have willingly agreed to have a goal or task completed by a specific time frame, and thus expectations have been made.

Deadlines remind us that we have work that needs to be completed, whether we feel like it or not.

Without deadlines, there wouldn’t be a sense of urgency to complete a task. Without an end date, we would naturally get less done.

When we have more time than needed for a task, we often begin to procrastinate.

A little YouTube here, and bit of Facebooking there. When we aren’t working around an endpoint, we have nothing but time.

Deadlines holds us accountable for our actions, or rather lack of actions. Which isn’t always a bad thing.

It forces you to manage your time wisely.

Working backwards is often one of the best ways to complete a task. Knowing the end date for a project is important to organizing and creating a work schedule around it.

Deadlines allow us to visualize the amount of time needed to complete a task. We get to regulate and allocate our time more effectively based around a cutoff date.

Deadlines serve as a reminder. There have been countless designers that have forgotten about a side project because they haven’t worked on it for so long.

They didn’t have a deadline, nor a frequent work schedule so the project fell into the abyss.

 It pushes you to work harder.

Deadlines give us that push to complete a project, as that gloomy date draws closer we begin to feel more pressure.

Our heart begins to race, we become more doubtful, but we carry on.

We continue to work into the early hours of the morning, because we must. We need to have something to show for all that time that has pass.

So we dig deep and find the strength to carry on. Doubt might come and go but deadlines aren’t going away.

We often work harder due to fear, fear of not having something good to show.

No Dead ends

A designer should never work without a deadline in mind, whether that be a specific date or time frame.

A deadline impacts the frequency in which a project is worked on, and the effort.

Organizing skills are important regardless of your career field and a deadline is one of the most important factors when it comes to being organized.

A deadline brings our goals and aspirations into a realm of reality, as oppose to the abstract domain we leave them in when we work without one.

No matter how small a project, always work with a deadline.

By Romaine Raffington

Designer. Writer. Human.

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