This post is the first in a series on a concept known as birthlines. Consider it a teaser.
1. the time by which something must be finished or submitted; the latest time for finishing something: a five o’clock deadline.
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2010.
We’ve all heard of deadlines. Even the word sucks. It’s got death in it. That scares people.
Screw deadlines. Deadlines are passé. Birthlines are where it’s at. What is a birthline? Well, if I had to define it, it would go something like this:
1. the time by which something must be started on for a short time; the next time for returning to/starting on something, often used in conjunction with timeboxing: My next birthline for this project is in 10 minutes for a 1-minute timebox.
Instead of one, big, scary monolithic deadline that will just encourage avoidance behavior, have multiple easy birthlines.
That’s all for now. Stay tuned for the next post!
PS: Credit where credit is due: we were back and forthing about these ideas a few months ago, and I believe it was Kendo who coined the term “birthlines”. I told him I would yoink it one day and now I have! HAHA! 😀