Deadlines are a horrific thing, or at least that is the thought amongst the population from students to writers to designers. Getting things done on time is important but sometimes can be terribly difficult to accomplish. It’s even worse if you find you are a procrastinator who puts things off until the last minute. I am a stickler for getting things done early and correctly, but even I have my deadline issues. Occasionally this happens that you can’t figure out what to do or you just get stuck. By the time you get started, your deadline had pasted.
Deadlines are just a part of life that can bite you in the butt if your not prepared for them. The more prepared you are the less likely you will end up failing to meeting your deadlines. The way I prepare and plan for my deadlines is by adding more deadlines! By this I mean I set smaller, more manageable goals that break down the project down into smaller steps. By having smaller targets I am able to meet my final goal because I am doing it little by little, and I can foresee what I need to get finished, and when I need to finish it. This standard practice was taught to me through all my schooling from elementary through college, and no matter how I tried to fight it, this method has given me the best results. My work is more manageable, and I am less stressful because I never have to rush leaving me more time to complete projects.
Now for my final say, I know these methods don’t work for everyone. I just tend to find I don’t do my best work under high-pressure time crunches. I like to take my time to do the best job with time to refine and polish ideas. Other people work better under pressure, and result with better work that way. You have to find the right approach for you.
Another thing, taught to me from my uncle is the 7 P’s (pardon the wordage on the 6th p.). “Prior proper planning prevents piss poor performance,” meaning just what it says. Plan in advance equals good performance and results later.
Let me know how you meet your deadlines, and what methods work for you.