Things they don’t teach you in college: Keep your deadline realistic

“Here’s a little secret that newbies often learn the hard way: It’s better to overestimate how much time a project will take when you’re setting a deadline…While it’s tempting to believe that completing the project in less time will impress your boss, you run the risk of not finishing on time if the due date is unrealistic. Moreover, asking for an extension will look worse than if you had just built more time into the schedule in the first place…plus, you’ll like like a superstar if you deliver it earlier than expected.”

Excerpt from Effective Immediately by Emily Benninghton and Skip Lineberg (Ten Speed Press, 2010)

Common sense advice, but not everybody follows it.

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