Life can sometimes add to the headache of keeping up with a work deadline. Here are some simple ways to stay on task and get the job done with little to no stress.
Start your day right. If you know you have a mountain of things to get done before the end of the day, try to wake up an extra 30 minutes early. This extra time will allow you to get leisure things done first like making a pot of coffee or talking with a co-worker before your actual day begins. That way when 8:30 a.m. rolls around you’ll be able to tackle anything with no time crunch.
Bite off a little at a time. Sometimes breaking down big projects into little chunks can make sure your job gets done without making you feel overwhelmed. Try setting down and deciding a timeframe that you might want some of your work to be done, even if it’s something small like reaching out to someone you’re interviewing or getting in touch with a new contractor or even just scheduling a meeting.
Give yourself room for error. A good rule of thumb is to bet that something could go wrong — not that it will but setting aside some time for you to work out the kinks of your presentation, appointment or new company project could help you avoid a last-minute disaster that reflects badly on you and your company.
Let people know of your progress. It may seem like a small gesture but letting people know how far you are in your project keeps you accountable for your actions. Start with something small like: “I just started my new project. I hope to have completed this much by next Friday.” You will know that they know and it will remind you to push forward.
Don’t allow distractions. When it comes to deadlines some of our biggest enemies are usually ourselves. A good way to get around this is to not let distraction enter the equation. If you know you need to get a specific number of things done by the following day, try to not enter the temptation of leaving work early and seeing a movie with friends. You know yourself better than anyone else. The best thing to do is err on the side of caution to give yourself room for error.
Most importantly, just relax and understand that you have everything under control as long as you take your time and don’t wait until the last minute.
All of these little moves can lessen the load on your shoulders. When it comes to bigger projects like filing taxes, stress is really thrown into the mix because you don’t want to mess up on your filing. Follow this link to see what BBB say’s about filing taxes stress-free.
Contributed by Casey Hunter, Communications Strategist
Casey is a soon-to-be graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma with a B.A. in Fine Arts. She loves to write, read and learn.