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Stop Waiting for the Buzzer to Meet Your Deadlines

Mike McDonald on Dec 3, 2015 11:03:35 AM

This blog post was due three weeks ago. I know, I know, I'm sorry. I had a thing. But it won't happen again because I read Lifehacker's Why We Miss Deadlines, and How to Stop. Old habits die hard but the better you are at swinging an axe at procrastination, the cozier you'll find yourself living. So why do we do this to ourselves? Why do we freefall into a stressful beat-the-clock situation when just "getting it done" can cure all ill? Well, for one, there's perfectionism; the desire to get things exactly right or not at all. But when it's time to go live, the camera is rolling, quality or not. And none of us wants to be stuck there frozen-face while everyone looks on aghast.120315_Image

Frontloading is the first key on the ring. The more you can do right off the bat, the less the job will daunt you into hiding. This is about making the mouthful as chewable as possible, so your meal won't leave you choking when it's time to clear the table. Secondly, we always underestimate how long something is going to take, last minute packing then racing to catch the flight. Rounding up the kids; the party is already serving dessert when you arrive. It happens to the best of us. This will be a constant battle, but if we put the conscious effort in we can manage this hindrance before it becomes a debilitation. Hell, we might even end up finishing some tasks early for a little extra (and much needed) Rest & Relaxation.

Time management isn't the only place people slip up; see other habits of ineffective people.

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Mike McDonald

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Mike is the Executive Vice President of Business Development for Prime Advantage, a Chicago based Group Purchasing Organization for mid-market manufacturers. Responsibilities include managing business development, marketing, and the GPO's Healthcare Cost Containment program. He’s been a featured speaker, published author, and recognized award winner within the supply chain community.

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