These five Tips, implemented consistently, are going to help you complete projects, reduce your stress and boost your reputation as a person who ‘delivers’.
Tip 1 Map Out Commitments Visually
It’s tempting to think of deadlines as negative, especially when imposed on you by others. Deadlines can make you feel powerless, frustrated, even stressed if you feel it’s out of your control to meet them.
But deadlines can be extremely powerful too when used to positively manage yourself and drive your productivity. That puts you back in control, motivated to finish and lift your performance higher. Deadlines can bring out the best in you as you engage all your creative energy to ensure your deadline is met.
You might have the ‘potential’ to do much more – but unless you have a deadline driving you forward, it’s easy for delays to slip in, or for perfectionism to slow you down, even to stop.
Ironically, it can be when you’re less busy that this is most likely to happen, as there is no urgency to begin in good time. Often a similar slow down occurs when you’re working on projects for your own benefit and there is no external pressure to meet. And of course, that‘s when you’re most likely to be caught out by an unexpected project demanding attention as the deadline approaches rapidly.