Suppose you have a paper due the last week of classes. You can plan to handle that paper in a few ways:
- Closing your eyes and dealing with it the week before
- Planning your next steps
- OR, planning backwards from that deadline
How often do you miss your own deadlines? You’ll say to yourself, ahh, I have time, I can start researching this next week! But soon, the weeks close in, and you’re left cramming everything together at the last minute in your dining hall, with a large cup of joe.
Next time you have an important project, try planning backwards from the deadline.