Yes, deadlines have a habit of creating that.
The art of managing deadlines is prioritization. A skill students must be introduced to in school from the time (at least) they learn to pronounce it.
- Important and urgent. Essential
- Time allotment 5 %
- Important but not urgent. Necessity
- Time allotment 75%
- Urgent but not important. Distractions
- Time allotment 15%
- Not urgent and not important. Procrastination
- Time allotment 5%
It is terribly easy to get caught in the 25%. Brew the tea and not the storm.
I have two kinds of problems, the urgent and the important. The urgent are not important, and the important are never urgent.”