We do not all solve a problem in the same way. People usually fall into one of these 4 categories:
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.
Plans rarely go as smoothly as planned, so it’s always wise to set a buffer time in place.
Break down the project into smaller tasks and before the deadline, schedule a day or two to give yourself a breather to review your project, to allow for delays or last-minute changes.
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.
While we recognize our own procrastination and try to curb it via self-imposed deadlines, these aren't always as effective as deadlines set for them by others.
If you don't have a boss or project sponsor who's setting deadlines for you, it might be worth asking someone to become your accountability partner.