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The Importance of Deadlines

Posted by Coach Kim Collins on June 24, 2010

I’m always surprised by the number of professionals who tell me that they are not given deadlines by their supervisor for projects and tasks that they are responsible for. Having no deadline is the kiss of death for an employee with ADHD. Without deadlines tasks seem endless, overwhelming and lack urgency.

So, if your boss does not give you a deadline, ask for one or assign a deadline for yourself. I know, it’s very difficult to stick to a deadline that you assign yourself. Without the external pressure your brain may have difficulty “activating”.  Planning, accountability and rewards may give you the push you need.

Planning backwards from your deadline, carefully estimate how long you think each step of the project will take and put each step on your calendar. Choose a friend, colleague, or coach to be accountable to and schedule a reward for when you meet your deadline.

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