Waiting to deliver a huge project right on the deadline is like waiting till the last second, with the stomach ready to explode anytime, to take a dump.
See, there will be a lot of tension built up, it will be thrilling, and you will be relieved at the end of it and feel like you have accomplished something. But, what will be delivered would be nothing but a load of crap.
What do you do when you feel adventurous? Do you bungee jump? Or sky dive? Or go for an EdgeWalk on Toronto’s CN Tower? Meh! Do you know what I do? I deliver a task or a project right on deadline. Have you ever felt that adrenaline rush when you HAVE TO finish something today but you have a long way to go, yet, you put in your 200% effort (if there is such a thing) and deliver on time? It gives so much high!
The ultimate inspiration is the deadline – Nolan Bushnell
I sometimes feel like Mahendra Singh Dhoni. For the uninitiated, Mahendra Singh Dhoni is the captain of the Indian Cricket Team. He is famous for two things – (1) To keep his calm even in the toughest of the situations (2) To stretch an easy win unnecessarily, increase the tension and seal off a win dramatically by hitting a sixer of the last delivery. He does this again and again. And again.
I also do somewhat similar when it comes to delivering my tasks. Take my own time, keep calm and then slog on when the deadline is fast approaching. It’s a shame that people like it only when Dhoni does that.
Anyway, what I was trying to say was that there is absolutely no reason to panic when deadline approaches. All you need to know is this.