Mediocre teachers look to others to set deadlines and goals for them. Star teachers are experts at implementing deadlines and achieving milestones.
Deadlines: Handle with Care
To be fair to those who hate deadlines, most people handle them poorly: the near-universal tendency is to underestimate the time things will take. Even with a deadline that obviously should be easy to meet, most people figure, “I have plenty of time for that,” and delay starting until the deadline becomes painfully tight.
So when creating deadlines for children—or yourself—consider not only the time the whole project “should” take, but every individual step along the way, plus the likelihood of unforeseen circumstances slowing things up. It’s a very common mistake to allow just enough time for the best-case scenario, which happens maybe one time in ten.
Here are some other things to remember—and share with your kids—about deadlines:
Any deadline more than two weeks ahead deserves acknowledgment of key milestones along the way. It doesn’t matter how you celebrate—a piece of chocolate, a walk in the park, lunch with friends, a self-congratulations on social media—so long as you feel adequately rewarded to keep progress moving.
A few notes about milestones:
Follow these hints, and your goals will start coming to fruition with remarkable speed!