Having a goal does not guarantee success or positive results.
We all have been in situations where we know we are supposed to be working on something but you keep procrastinating. This runs across the board from simple house chores like washing utensils, laundry to work-related tasks like sending reports or having your presentation ready on time.
I have been there severally. Every time I plan to write I end up on Facebook and keep scrolling the endless items that run in the feed, clicking on a link that either leads me to a blog then to another and another.
In most cases, I end up on YouTube and binge on videos till I forget that I need to pen down something. This happens to most of us. With numerous social media sites that keep beckoning us, it’s hard work to maintain total focus.
So how exactly are we supposed to redeem ourselves from this? One thing that truly works is setting a deadline and committing yourself to it. As much as we hate deadlines, they can serve as a motivating factor. Here is what happens when you set a deadline for yourself.
You will prioritize
Knowing that you have limited time to accomplish a task will keep you focused which will in turn force you to prioritize. Social media and other destructors can always wait. Your favourite program can wait too. Take a break from the nice chats and banter with friends. Once you are done, then you can reward yourself with what you love.
You get things done
There is no room going back and forth when you know you have a deadline. Just imagine how you will feel when you are done with that report and finally present it to your boss. You get the ugliest frogs eaten first. That leaves you with a fair good looking frog which is some free time to tackle other things. You also get to enjoy some peace of mind by avoiding the last minute rush.
You become a master of time. You cannot meet deadlines if you are a poor time planner. A deadline will breed a need to create an analysed schedule on how you spend your time making every minute & every hour count.
A Deadline Gets You out of your comfort zone
If you have always had a desire to develop yourself in a certain area, then having a deadline will push you to rise to the occasion. For you to deal with your fears and worries, you have to get out of your comfort zone. Familiarity breeds contentment and exploring new challenges will rewire your brain and make it more adaptable.
Do you have any other reasons why you should create a deadline? Join the conversation by leaving a comment below.