According to research, the top cause of stressors in the workplace isn’t meetings or the competitive nature of business — it’s deadlines!
But, as much as we’d like them to, deadlines aren’t going anywhere in the workplace. Instead, it’s up to us to adapt. And believe it or not, it isn’t as tough as you might think.
If you’re sick of missing deadlines, you’re in the right place! Here are some tips you can use so you never miss the deadline again.
There’s nothing more rewarding than a quick break after finishing a challenging task. But all too often, that quick break turns into a 90-minute Reddit session. Next thing you know, your whole day is derailed and now you’ve fallen behind.
It happens to most of us and may even be second nature at this point.
If you’re unable to avoid distractions, check out a helpful app called Impulse Blocker. Add any major time-sinks that interrupt your productivity, then hit ‘on’ to let the add-on block them.
Use a Scheduling App
While technology can be a big part of the reason why you’re missing deadlines, your love of all things Internet can be an advantage.
Instead of relying on pen and paper, download an appointment scheduler to keep track of your upcoming appointments and deadlines. You can even color-code different tasks to make your day easier to keep track of visually.
You can even include other members of your team so you can keep an eye on everyone else’s progress.
Understand Your Anxiety
Big tasks can be nerve-wracking, causing us to feel worried or apprehensive to start a project. If you’re a procrastinator by nature, that anxiety can make things far worse.
If you find yourself feeling nervous, take a deep breath and ask yourself, ‘Why am I avoiding this?’ and be honest with yourself. You might feel nervous because it’s a high-pressure task or because people are counting on you.
These are normal feelings! But you can’t let your worries get in the way of your genius.
Take one small step to get started — even if it’s opening up a Word document and adding a title. Every small step counts, and before you know it, you’ll be finished with that massive project.
You can enlist your friends and co-workers in your battle against procrastination. Ask if they’d be willing to check-in with every few days to see what progress you’ve made.
Simply feeling accountable for your work can give you a huge boost of motivation. Plus, if you schedule regular check-ins with your co-workers, you can make sure everyone is on the same page about that upcoming project.
Never Miss the Deadline Again
Don’t miss the deadline for leading a more productive, fulfilling life. Follow these tips and reclaim your day.
With a bit of help from your friends and your favorite devices, you’ll be more productive than ever.
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