The tempo of life has become extremely speedy, so that to keep in tune with its pace in fact becomes quite difficult. But no matter how difficult it gets, we need to look for ways to keep pace.
Since giving up isn’t even an option, let us look for ways to keep pace with life, suiting ourselves so that the journey may be more comfortable and less painful…
And the number of deadlines you miss, the more you tend to lag behind so that you have to rush at a time to reach the desired destination, instead of being able to enjoy a comfortable journey. Going slow and steady may be an option but lagging behind is a big ‘no-no’!
Stop missing those deadlines. Take it slow but maintain regularity and a rhythm, to avoid confusion. Here’s how:
AVOID DOING TOO MUCH AT ONCE
Don’t wish to bake cake, write two articles; assist your mother in shifting the furniture and pay a visit to your ailing grandmother, altogether in a day.
Try not to keep work pending so that you have to cram them up, one above the other to get them done. You simply won’t end up finishing half of your tasks when you try to unreasonably load yourself beyond your capacity. You’ll stress and worry more than you’ll function!
FINALISE AND COMPLETE ONE CHIEF TASK EVERYDAY
If you have to submit 3 assignments within a period of 2 days, don’t tell yourself that you will finish 2 of your assignments and go to the bank to settle and update your car insurance, in a day after returning from work/college, having spent one third of your 24 hours there. Think logically.
Set yourself the task of completing one major chore each day and complete it efficiently, so that your work meets and not misses your deadline.
SAY GOODBYE TO PROCRASTINATION
Procrastination is your worst enemy when it comes to missing your deadlines.
You know it’s the weekend and you have to do the laundry. Just do it! Don’t keep telling yourself that you need to do it; you will, soon – maybe in an hour. Do it right away! You won’t know how something might just crop up in the last minute and delay your work further.
DON’T LET YOUR FOCUS GET DIVERTED TO SOMETHING ELSE
When you’re writing an assignment, do not fiddle with your phone and check for messages from your boyfriend or even friends for that matter. Focus on the particular task that you are on and complete it on time.
If you occupy yourself with other things and your mind gets distracted, your proficiency will falter and you’ll need a longer time to complete a simple work because there is a repeated breach of concentration which takes time to resurface.
MAKE A LIST OF THE THINGS YOU NEED TO DO
Make yourself a to-do list! Ticking off the tasks on the list will give you a sense of pleasure on having completed portions of your work and will motivate you further to go ahead and work on the rest!
FORCE YOURSELF TO DO IT
Keep pushing and nagging, yourself! A few occasions of pushing will help you get habituated to working.
There are times when I just don’t feel like hitting the gym but I force myself, reminding myself of the consequences of a proper workout. It has become a habit now.
SHORT BREAKS IN-BETWEEN ARE CRUCIAL
Working hard is important but we aren’t zombies. We need our respite and luxury too. Take short breaks in-between your work, to enliven yourself and regain energy to follow up with your next task! Take a power nap or do something you enjoy – like singing, playing instruments, painting, reading and so on.
Maintain a routine life, which I know is difficult to always follow. But try and follow it, bribing yourself with an after-work/ end-of-the-day/ end-of-the-week treat, to a movie or food from your favourite restaurant, shopping, a date with your boyfriend, or something as simple as a late night conversation with him. Suit yourself.
The better you try to follow a routine living pattern, the lesser deadlines your miss. Bribe yourself, because this actually works for me.
Do you have any suggestions on how to stop missing deadlines? Please share them below!
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