Do you get things done?
Let me ask a slightly different question, “Do you get things done on time?”
These days it seems that not many people do. The norm is to be late whether it is finishing a project or showing up to a meeting.
Our society has conditioned us to ignore deadlines. How often do you see people asking for an extension or simply not completing a project on time? The normal response is, “I’m still working on it.”
Oh well, who cares? Very nonchalant. It has become acceptable in modern culture. Workers get away with it, because it is the norm… everyone does it.
Where do deadlines come from?
Do you know where the word deadline comes from? From earliest uses, it refers to:
“a line that was drawn around a prison. If prisoners crossed this line they could be shot dead on sight.”
Hence, the word…deadline.
Would people get things done on time or finish projects by the deadline… if they were going to be shot?!?!?