Most people dread deadlines. I don’t. I crave them.
Deadlines are not the end of the world. It should be a goal – a target.
I like the rush of breezing through one objective after another when the deadlines are near, and I even like the better rush I feel when those deadlines are met. It’s a big bonus when the project is done before the deadline.
It’s a matter of time management, really.
Deadlines allow you to prioritize things, and help you organize tasks so that they fall into place when they are needed, therefore making your work seem like a well-organized machine that keeps on moving until the project or task is completed.
I view deadlines as goals to be achieved, therefore, I don’t really dread them. It also helps that work is actually being done.
How can you make deadlines work for you? Here are some tips that may help you stop fearing the impending deadline:
- Set the deadline.
Mark your calendar, write a note of the date, and paste it on your monitor, set a reminder… or even place it as your phone’s wallpaper. Whatever you do, you need to remind yourself of your deadlines. If you plan to have a weekly blog post every Saturday, always remind yourself of it so you never forget, so your actions are aimed at that goal.
- Plan your work schedule.
What tasks need to be done first? What tasks need to be done last? If you are going to be blogging weekly, what do you need? Do you need to do some research? When must that be done? When must you start writing? When will you brew your coffee? When it comes to work schedules, it also helps to make them a bit more flexible. A tight work schedule can be just as stressful as deadlines not being met.
- Work, work, work! Plans are useless if you don’t act on them.
Most people fear deadlines because they view it as and end of the world. It would not be as such if you have been slowly putting in the work needed for the deadline.
Deadlines should be viewed as a positive goal, and not a negative block in the future.
Have a nice day.