It is important to write down your deadlines on a calendar that you can see on a daily basis. Review your calendar each day to ensure that you do not miss any of them.
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If you have a deadline, research your options ahead of time before finalizing that deadline. It may take you longer to complete a project than initially anticipated.
Procrastination is often due to the lack of motivation to complete the project.
Offer yourself a reward for working on the project consistently or for when you finish the project.
Set deadlines that are realistic so that you do not feel pressured to rush. Rushing is not a good way to accomplish any task successfully.
... can leave you stressed out beyond your max.
Create achievable deadlines. If you've got too many deadlines, either choose a different deadline for some tasks or see if you can delegate them.
If your deadline is set too far in the future, you might not really find the motivation to work consistently on meeting that deadline.
Instead, break that deadline down into smaller tasks.
Take your project and break it into smaller steps. Mark each deadline until the final project is done.
Tacking projects in bite-size bits is much more attainable and keeps your momentum going.
Sometimes we set an unmanageable deadline on something that really just needs time and some consistency. For example, trying to lose 20 pounds in a month might not be feasible.
Take a few days to consider what you want to accomplish within your deadline.
You may forget something important if you just rush into setting that deadline.
If you set the same deadlines that worked for others, you could be setting yourself up for failure.
Be confident that you can set your own deadlines that will work for you.
People used to speak of being left or right-brain dominant (where the left brain is more logical and algorithmic, and the right brain more artistic and intuitive).
However, both hemispheres of your brain are involved in all of the complex work you do. The most effective thinkers are the ones who learn to rely on both their intuitive judgments as well as their reasoning.
Research shows that we retain approximately 90% of what we learn when we explain it to someone else or use the new information immediately.
Sharing with others what you've learned is one of the most effective ways to learn, and it also tests your knowledge, by assessing your capacity to transfer it to another. This process is called the “retrieval practice”.