Manufacture a Deadline

One of the most effective mental tricks is to create a deadline. If you’re one of those people who thinks you hate deadlines, well guess what? You just may learn to like them if they become one of your best tools for getting things done. The paradox is that when you get things done, you can chill out! We know that you like to chill out, and we know that the people around you like it when you’re chill.

The deadline needs to be a balance of what’s realistic and what’s out of your comfort zone. Set a deadline that puts you into action and pushes you out of your comfort zone. Make sure you’re internally committed to the deadline rather than just throwing out a deadline for the sake of it. Give some thought to the steps you need to take in order to meet the deadline.

Even if you’re not sure how or when you’re going to get the thing accomplished, create a deadline or commitment anyway. Too often we overanalyze how we’re going to get something done—the steps we need to take, the challenges we think we’ll face, the resources we don’t have. When you decide to bring a pet or a baby or a new car or first home into your life (yes, I realize that these are not entirely similar examples, but roll with me here), you certainly don’t have all of the information as to what it is going to take to care for this new acquisition. But you decide to do it, and you figure it out one step at a time.

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