Importance of a Deadline

Added on by James Cronin.

Parkinson's Law

Parkinson's Law is a quote from Cyril Northcote Parkinson and it was first published in 'The Economist' in 1955. It states that:

"Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion."

I think this is particularly true in the context of Graphic Design, as I feel a design is never really finished. It can always be worked on, improved and evolved. In the run up to a deadline, its essential to manage your time well in order to make your work the best it can be.

Why is a deadline so important?

  • Makes you budget your time
  • Alows you to work out what's most important
  • Once time is limited, you need to spend it wisely
  • Gives you incentive, a goal to work towards
  • Schedule improves productivity
  • Increases work ethic and discipline
  • Creates a sense of accomplishment
  • Doesn't allow for procrastinating
  • Prevents overload of work