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You probably make internal deadlines. Here are 6 quick tips to meet them

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You probably make internal deadlines. Here are 6 quick tips to meet them
Productivity specialist Amber De La Garza says, “You must hold your deadlines to yourself just as sacred as you would to others. The key is creating external accountability for your internal deadlines.”

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The problem with internal deadlines

The problem with internal deadlines

Most people work best with hard, external deadlines. A deadline requires you to focus because you have to deliver.

But when we create arbitrary due dates for ourselves, we tend to continually push them back when we get busy or sick or don't feel like doing it, even if we know they will propel us toward achieving our goals.

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Creating external accountability

You must hold your deadlines to yourself just as firmly as you would to others. The key is creating external accountability for internal deadlines.

We often put milestones off by months or even years. And putting your internal deadlines on the back burner will keep you from growing. You may rationalize your excuses, but it can have huge implications for your business or career.

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Tips for creating external accountability

  • Announce it.
  • Commit to it. Once you have announced it, there is no turning back.
  • Schedule it. Decide when you will work on your task.
  • Post it. Post your goals on social media.
  • Tell your support system. Your best friends and family members can help you through both failures and successes.
  • Empower your team. Tell your team about your deadlines and empower them to hold you accountable to them.

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Make Them Urgent

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Make Them Personal

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