Three Simple Rules For Managing Deadlines
This is similar to Parkinson’s Law, which states that “work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.”
We often procrastinate if we do not set deadlines, especially if the expectations of difficulty and importance are unclear.
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We get so caught up in researching and thinking about a project that the anxiety to create something great can build up.
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If you have a few projects at a time, focus on one. Work with intense focus. Do not allow distractions.
When you feel your motivation slows down, switch to another project.
Determine the urgency of your tasks to figure out which requires priority.
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 deadlin...
The Yerkes-Dodson law states that the more mental arousal there is in doing a task, the more efficient a person becomes. After you get to a certain threshold, your performance begins to decrease.
An appropriate quantity of stress should inspire increased productivity.
Difficult tasks require low levels of stress, while easy tasks require high levels of stress to trigger mental arousal.
The next time you set a deadline, try placing a rush deadline for easier tasks and set your deadline far out for more difficult projects.
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.