A deadline is only daunting if you 1) ignore it hoping it’ll somehow go away, or, 2) procrastinate. Well, sure, some deadlines are harder than others, because they may seem impossibly near, even if you’ve made a conscientious effort to work promptly and hard on them.
I have found that the best way to deal with a deadline is to face up to it, look that sucker straight in the eye, and say, “Bring it on!” Setting aside the bravado, what I really find works best for me is to break that deadline down into a series of steps or mini-deadlines, then methodically work at them one by one.
My wife, by the way, is far better at working with deadlines than I. She always gets a jump on me from the start. I look at a deadline and take time, first of all, to think of it as a “dread” line and say, “Oh my gosh. I can’t do that.” Shirley, however, looks at a deadline and says nothing — or if she does, she keeps it to herself — and simply, quickly gets to work.
I’m learning from her to face deadlines straight on and get right to work at them. My advice is for you to learn from her example, too.
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