Why Humans Struggle to Meet Deadlines

The planning fallacy, optimism and what to do

Sonia Diab
Dec 3, 2020 · 7 min read

“I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.” — Douglas Adams

The Sydney Opera House is one of my favourite buildings. I think it’s a stunning reflection of Sydney’s beauty and energy, and I’ve spent many an evening there, seeing a play, having a drink, and enjoying the sprawling views of the harbour.

The building was commissioned in 1958.