I just finished listening to the book Die Empty by Todd Henry. The premise of the book is that at the end of your life you should have given all of your energy and effort away to do what you wanted to. You should die without passing on all of the knowledge, skill, energy, and wisdom that you have locked inside of you away to others. It is an excellent book and a very good call to action.
When you are working towards getting your projects done on time, you should also be focusing on finishing empty. When you start a project, you should calculate how much ‘gas’ you need to complete the project. The gas is the people-power, knowledge, money, time, and capability that it will take you to complete the project. Then as you work towards the completion of the project, you should make sure that you have spent as much of your allocated resources as possible to make your results amazing.
But there is a catch. Even though you can work towards finishing your project empty, you must make sure that you finish your project on time. If you don’t then, you will probably overdraw on the energy, people-power, etc. that is available to you. And if you are overdrawing on that energy, you can’t use it for a different project.
So: finish empty. When your project is done, you should have no more resources left to spend. The change that you set out to make will be worth what you spend, but it may not be worth what you overdraw.