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Though deadlines can often help you avoid procrastinating, research also shows that they don’t always work, and there are situations where increased flexibility can be better, in terms of personal productivity.
As such, you should always assess the situation at hand, in order to determine whether setting deadlines will help you or not.
A way to create less stressful deadlines is to break large projects into smaller tasks. Set a deadline for each task instead of just one final deadline.
Regularly spacing the deadlines out will give a sense of moving forward, which can motivate you to complete the task.
Getting sidetracked by minor concerns and are never quite able to bring the focus that you need to larger projects.
What to do: Build extra time when planning your projects. Also, physically block out distractions, like by isolating yourself, turning your desk to face the wall rather than the doorway or using noise-canceling headphones to help keep you focused.