Tip 75. Stop assigning due dates to every task.

Tip 75. Stop assigning due dates to every task.

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How many times do you assign a due date to a task just to ensure that it gets done?

A due date is an artificial way of causing a task to be accomplished that is one-dimensional. Some due dates are necessary—many aren’t. The problem occurs when you consistently slap a due date onto every task. Sadly, it is how most of us have been taught to work.

What happens when you work from this due date mentality? Time rather than importance dictates how you work. “When is it due?” becomes more important than “How important it is and what its impact is.”

How can you expect to successfully drive your organization in the long run if all you’re ever thinking about are those annoying due dates?

Many are slapped—only a few should be.

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