Friday, March 12, 2010

Friday 5 - Deadlines

Time once again for the Friday 5!  Already I can tell that my weekend is going to be unpredicatable, so there is something comforting in the topic for today....deadlines.  Nothing more predictable than those, right?  As always, I invite you to play along in your blog or in comments :-)

1.When was the last time you had a serious deadline to make, and did you make it?  Like most people, my workdays tend to be made up of a series of deadlines.  This week, one of them was to create a list of goals for myself for the coming year.  My boss wanted it by tomorrow (Saturday), and I was able to get it to her yesterday (Thursday).  I emailed the list to her with the subject line: Gooooaaaalllssss!  I wanted to create a little excitment and I'm pretty sure she appreciated it.

2.Do you generally plan for deadlines, or are they more likely to sneak up on you until you’re frantic?  I generally plan for deadlines, although of course now and then I am caught out.  Even then, though, I try not to get frantic.  It is worse than useless.  Be prepared.

3.When did you last set a deadline for someone else, and did that person make it?  I don't generally have reasons to set deadlines.  Well, sort of.  I do the publicity for the dept. so I will ask to have information from people and if they don't meet the deadline for getting that to me, I just make something up.  So, they are pretty cooperative. 

4.How flexible and understanding are you when it comes to other people meeting your deadlines?  You will seldom meet anyone more flexible or understanding than me.  I think that is mostly due to the fact that I'm not paid enough to care that deeply :-)

5.What were the circumstances the last time you hung up on someone in the middle of a phone call, or the last time someone hung up on you in the middle of a phone call?  I am assuming we're speaking of purposeful hang ups.  I will say that I so, so, so rarely do that.  I mean, that tends to happen in a fighting situation and I dislike not resolving things, so I tend to hang in there doggedly arguing my point, waiting to see what will happen next.   I'm sure the last person to hang up on me would have been WTG.  He's a good one for that.  Still, it has probably been about three months or so.  Progress!

Alright!  So, I hope you all have a fun, relaxing weekend with no looming deadlines.  I don't know if you remember, but tonight was supposed to be a date night for DR and I.  Instead, we are hosting a Carb Load Dinner and Movie Night (Without Limits) to get Kick Back Dude, Princess Diva, and Handsome Lad in the right mood for their 5K tomorrow.   Luckily, it doesn't matter that much what I am doing when I get to do it with DR.  I know it will be fun.


Mrs. Hairy Woman said...

I'm kinda lucky in that department at the moment.. when I do go back to work..(if) I just might have to meet some then..
Have a great weekend!

secret agent woman said...

I'm my only employee, so there isn't any setting of deadlines for others. All I have are some deadlines from insurance companies on getting more sessions, or getting all my continuing ed credits done - that sort of thing. I generally get things done on time because I have to or lose money, but I procrastinate a bit.

laura b. said...

Mrs: Oh, I bet you come up against a deadline or two even at home :-)
I KNOW you had a good weekend!

Secret: Yeah, I find it a lot easier to meet deadlines when there is a financial incentive.

Tara said...

I wish your family luck with the 5k! Better them than me out there doing all that running! :)