Why can’t tasks and projects simply be done, when they get done? Why always this pressure to “get it done by X”? Or even worse, the humiliation of other people pointing fingers at you, when you don’t hit “X”, even if the result is acceptable?
Ok, some pressure is always good, but deadlines are the false kind of pressure. The good kind of pressure is customers wanting the product, feature or fix. That’s it. Once you start setting deadlines, you are just setting expectations and according to Hofstadter, you will be doomed to fail to meet them, which seems to almost always be true. And for the few times it isn’t, what extra reward is there, for hitting the deadline?