Deadlines can also make it easier to honestly assess your workload. If you have something due on Friday and you’re aware that it will take all your available time between now and then, it’s easier to decline extra projects or meetings.
It's true that deadlines bring focus and help us prioritize, but as we juggle time-sensitive projects at work, we can lose sight of the ultimate deadline. We don't know the exact date, but we know it's coming.
If having something due on Friday helps us decline extra projects and meetings, how much more so should the fact that our days are numbered help us to prune counterproductive pursuits from our lives.
"Teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom." Psalm 90:12