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It looks like you're doing more than creating deadlines. You're scheduling tasks -- not just total time, but also start time and end time. I find that a deadline works best for a "final push." As in, I have someplace else I have to be at 5:30 PM, so I have to finish this by 5:00 PM. Or, if I have two significant pieces of work to do, I take a cut at the ...


I've found that sometimes it helps, sometimes not. I've found that the most effective deadlines are those imposed by others (e.g., client=paycheck, dinner reservations are for a particular time, etc.). Self deadlines require self-discipline, as well as self awareness about your working habits and styles. Allowing an hour to create a document, but then ...

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