3 Remarkable Ways to Keep Calm in the Face of Project Deadline Stress

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Deadlines are a part of life, but they can lead to stress, if you let them. Read on for 3 ways to calmly face and overcome deadline stress.

Having deadlines is just part of owning a business, being part of a business, or simply being a person. Adhering to deadlines and getting what you need to get done in a reasonable amount of time can cause major project deadline stress for most people, even if they have plenty of time to get that work done. Why? Because most people are procrastinators or are bad at managing their own time or legitimately do not have enough time to get their tasks done. Here are three ways to help yourself stay calm in the face of an impending deadline:

  1. Don’t let yourself panic. In nearly 100% of cases, not meeting your deadline is not a case of life and death. If you are experiencing project deadline stress, you are either actively or subconsciously telling yourself that you are in an emergency situation. You can fight this response by reminding yourself that it is alright to miss a deadline, that nothing horrible will happen to you. You will still be alive. You will still have time to finish your project. Getting rid of the panic will allow you to focus on the task and probably actually get it done faster.
  1. Stop checking the clock. It may seem essential to continually check what time it is and how much time you have left. The truth is that the task is going to take you as long it is going to take you, whether or not you know how much time you have left before you have to finish it. Checking the clock only racks up the amount of time you are not actually working on the project or errand, so stop checking your clock. Do it only at natural breaks. Do not pull yourself away from the task to check how much time you have left.
  1. Get organized. At the beginning of every day, use fifteen minutes to get a handle on everything you need to do that day. Make yourself a schedule and use effective time management to get things done. This will prevent you from jumping from one thing to another in a panic, trying to get them all done. Instead, you’ll finish each task as necessary. Doing this can also help you plan more realistically. Add twenty extra minutes onto each task. This will give you a buffer in case something takes longer than expected.

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