Deadlines can be intimidating and can stress you out as it draws near or it can be your driving force in getting a thing done on time. The way deadlines influence you depends on how you view it and either let it take a toll on you or motivate you. 

The crucial importance of meeting deadlines is being stressed upon since school days and tested in class tests, quizzes, exams, term papers and the like. Deadlines become stricter as you proceed to college and university and ultimately in the corporate world, the deadline is what drives you to your ultimate goal.

The clients and customers that you partner with, all demand fulfillment of deadlines and are meant to train you for excellence. Being able to meet deadlines on regular basis helps build credibility and if you view it from a financial perspective, paying your bills on time builds up a good credit score and makes you eligible for loans of all sorts. The due date of the bill is also like a deadline that helps you be financially responsible and hence brings financial stability to your life.

Deadlines can be highly powerful and influential, here’s how:

1.  Planning

They force you to plan ahead of time and compel you to think how it will be like to reach that point in time when your project will be completed. It helps you to establish a mind map and build upon it so that you are categorically able to achieve your ultimate goal step by step.

Accumulate everything good about prioritizing your work and surviving in your first year of college and let that be your guiding principle. This was the time you learned the true meaning of independent and if you managed it well that time, and then you certainly should follow the same rules here.

2.  Prioritization

It helps you identify your priorities and allot a time frame and schedule to your work so that you know which task to tackle and which one to put off for the time being. Managing your workflow cannot be done in a better manner than tying it with strict deadlines.

3.  Reduce Procrastination

We tend to procrastinate a lot and hence deadlines push us to the limit and make us do work which we would otherwise not do in normal circumstances. It is human nature that we tend to delay work which is not urgent hence deadly deadlines can make us set goals and reach out for

Below are some tips to help meet your deadlines:

a) Be very specific about your deadline

Take deadlines very seriously, in fact, make sure that you have placed the exact date and time of the deadline in your mind and in writing as well. In a dynamic work environment, you will have to juggle between several responsibilities and meet multiple deadlines which will obviously require you to keep track of them. Keep some buffer time in mind also so that any delays do not affect your actual deadlines.

2. Understand the inter-dependability of events

You will stay true to your deadlines when you will know that your deadline does not only affect your performance but has a ripple effect all along. Take, for instance, a delivery boy who fails to deliver the pizza ordered on time. He being late would ultimately bring the blame on the pizza outlet even if they had made the pizza on time and everything was perfect from the degree of hotness to the taste.

Hence the end result which comes out due to missing one deadline can make the entire team look unprofessional and non-serious, which might not necessarily be the case.

3. Do not leave things to the end

A major rule of following deadlines and doing justice to them is to not cram up things at the last minute. You should start working way before the actual deadline so that there is room for some breathing space.

Working on the last minute does not only include the risk of not delivering the task on time but may also lead to blunders and errors that may undermine the productivity of the individual.

Working under time constraints can be mentally exhausting and may lead to undesirable repercussions and consequences.

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Sherley Alaba is an eagle-eyed wordsmith; a writer and translator, always interested in ways which can help individuals (especially youth and women) reach their full creative potential. Her focus has been on writing, producing and editing stories on business, finance, interesting personalities, entrepreneurs, culture, the environment, gastronomy, lifestyle, and social issues.

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