I’m currently dealing with lots of students asking for extensions to project deadlines.
One thing that we often say to students is “No, we can’t give you an extension. Imagine if you were at work—you wouldn’t go to your boss and say ‘I’m running late, can I have more time.’.”
But people do, all of the time, in all sorts of workplaces. One of the perennial issues in books and courses about project management is how to deal with overruns and delays.
So, perhaps we need to find another reason for being strict about deadlines.