Big projects with important deadlines have a greater impact on your day-to-day work than just the day they’re due. Newport offers a simple and elegant solution to make sure you aren’t hit with a tsunami of work when multiple major projects come due at the same time.
In your calendar software (or paper calendar) create an all-day event that exists for the week prior to the final due date for a project. By doing this you will have a better sense of when “crunch time” for that project will be and you can avoid scheduling meetings or making other commitments during that time. If you don’t do this, you may be unwittingly signing yourself up for a hellacious workload that could’ve been avoided.