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4 Better Ways to Create Deadlines

Make Them Actionable

When your tasks feel overwhelming, it can be difficult to start.

Break down your projects into smaller, actionable steps. Identify one chunk that you could work on in a 10-minute segment to help you get started.

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4 Better Ways to Create Deadlines

4 Better Ways to Create Deadlines

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Make Them Urgent

It’s easy to procrastinate when you have all the time in the world to complete a task.  

Schedule your deadlines as close to the present as possible. You will be more driven throughout the process.

Make Them Personal

We do not all solve a problem in the same way. People usually fall into one of these 4 categories: 

  • Prioritizers and planners like to work based on how much time each part of a task will take.
  • Arrangers focus on how they’re feeling.
  • Visualizers are motivated by considering the big picture.

Make Them Actionable

When your tasks feel overwhelming, it can be difficult to start.

Break down your projects into smaller, actionable steps. Identify one chunk that you could work on in a 10-minute segment to help you get started.

Make Them Meaningful

Tell someone about your deadline or use an app

Having an outside motivator helps to keep you accountable to your deadlines.

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Why deadlines are effective

  • They can reduce the likelihood that you will procrastinate.
  • They help make your goals feel more concrete, by attaching them to a specific timeline.
  • They help you pursue your goals and complete tasks in a timely manner by serving as a precommitment device.
  • They can also help you get things done on time by providing you with structure.

How to set effective deadlines

  • Deadlines should be concrete. You are much more likely to abide by concrete deadlines.
  • Deadlines should be realistic. When choosing a deadline for a task, you should pick one that gives you a sufficient amount of time to complete the task.
  • Deadlines should be meaningful. You should make sure that you can’t just ignore your deadlines, and that there is some motivation for you to adhere to it.

Lifestyle Gamification

Lifestyle Gamification

It is when you to turn a task into a game to motivate yourself to finish it.

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What Makes Games Addictive

  • Epic meaning and calling to finish a mission.
  • Development and accomplishment inspires us to finish the game.
  • Empowerment of creativity to bring imagination to life.
  • Ownership and possession of rewards.
  • Social influence and relatedness or envy.
  • Scarcity and impatience to have things we don't have.
  • Undpredictability and curiosity of what the next challenges are.
  • Loss coins and chances and avoidance of failure.

Be a Game Master

Attach rewards to your to do list. 
  • Reward yourself for fulfilling one or several tasks

Use surprise rewards.

  • Determine a reward by chance.

Engage in time-based challenges

Make a deal with your friend.

  • Challenge and motivate each other to finish a task

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