Easy Strategies For Coping Up With Goals And Deadlines
Judging by how busy most people are these days, it does seem like everybody’s on a deadline – some are casually going about their tasks, timing everything perfectly, while others seem to be on panic mode and are frantically trying to get all their assignments done with the limited time leading to the deadline. Different people have different methods of coping up with goals and deadlines, but wouldn’t it be so much smarter to not be so stretched to the breaking point in accomplishing goals and meeting deadlines?
Experts claim that the stress brought about by trying to meet a deadline is sometimes good for you; all your senses become alert and you become more creative and resourceful partly due to the fear of the consequences of not meeting your goals. However, it’s not physically and emotionally healthy to constantly subject yourself to that kind of stress; the surge of high levels of cortisol and adrenaline cause blood flow to be directed to parts of the body that control the fight-or-flight response that then prevent crucial nutrients from going where they need to go. Because of this, toxins can build up in the body, making you feel lackluster and tired, prone to sleeplessness and weight gain.
So how do you deal with the stress of meeting deadlines?
Nothing beats having a carefully laid out plan and sticking to it. Beat the procrastination inclination and be resolute in getting the job done the way it should be done and when it should be done. Organization experts have come up with additional tips that can surely help and they are provided below.
- Set an earlier deadline to meet. For example, if the deadline is originally set for a Friday, you can move it to Wednesday. Schedule the tasks properly, including break times; that way, you’ll feel less pressed for time and have enough breathing room should certain issues arise.
- Before pursuing a goal, anticipate the roadblocks. Glitches will always come up and they might discourage you, so try to come up with defenses for these things that might interfere with your plans.
- Eat healthily. Proper nutrition can enhance your thinking process and will also provide you the energy you need in accomplishing your goals within a limited amount of time. Try to include a lot of brain foods in your diet such as blueberries, nuts, green leafy vegetables, turkey and fatty fish. You will not only think better but you will also feel less stressed out.
- Choose a personal reward in advance, advises Charles Duhigg, author of “The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do and How to Change It.” Directing your attention to the end goal will push you to keep on fighting your natural inclinations to procrastinate.-