Deadlines and timeframes revisited

January 2023

10 years ago, I wrote down some thoughts about deadlines and timeframes. A decade of experience later my thoughts on the topic have become more nuanced.

It boils down to two elements: focus and value creation. Deadlines are a forcing function meant to increase the former in order to MVP the latter.

When not arising out of ignorance, deadlines are a great tool to unlock progress.

The situation can change in two scenarios:

  1. When you're doing something because it aligns with your values, rather than out of obligation/necessity. There's no end state for personal value alignment; it's an ongoing process.
  2. When exceptional quality or creativity are required outcomes.