Deadlines are intimidating. Let’s get that out of the way right now. They are marked on your calendar in bold, black ink. They taunt your lack of motivation and constantly remind you that time is growing short.
So what happened? You have a project that you’ve been assigned. There’s a goal to get it finished by a certain day. There’s excitement and energy as you outline and prepare and can visualize the final result. You can hardly wait to get started.
Then that dreaded procrastination sets in and you find every excuse in the book to avoid getting started. Laundry has become The Most Important Thing. And the kitchen needs to be re-organized and cleaned. Or the garage. Everything else seems to have taken on a higher degree of importance over the project with its dreaded deadline. I know this very well – I’ve been there.
The trick, then, is to change how one views deadlines. Rather than see them as obstacles to overcome or stifling one’s creative nature, choose to see the deadline as a cheerleader, urging you forward. Block out a segment of time for the project that is manageable to your schedule. Do as much work as possible within that blocked out time. Always remember to breathe.
Deadlines can be intimidating to the point of avoidance. By embracing it as a friend, a cheerleader and a challenge, you will be able to tap back into that excitement for your project.