Happy Thursday! Hows your week been? This week I have only had 2 days of school because to the wildfire raging through throughout the Northern Orange County area. Thankfully we are all safe and please keep those affected throughout Northern CA and Orange County in your thoughts and prayers! Work-wise, this week has been a rough one. Essentially having a 6 day weekend + lots of sorority events + canceled classes + trying to get the blog back on track really just leads to no work being done. I’m the kind of person who sets so many myself personal deadlines for everything whether its meal planning, scheduling blog posts, or shipping Poshmark orders. Today’s post is all about deadlines, enjoy and make sure to leave a comment below!
Deadlines– they may be your biggest nightmare or your biggest asset. You have never-ending to-do lists and may even be procrastinating sometimes but there is nothing like an upcoming deadline to keep you staying focused and getting your tasks done. When establishing personal deadlines for the end of the week, it becomes too easy to be lenient with yourself and your week-long deadline quickly turns into the next month.
Sticking to goals and deadlines is just as important as setting them. Here are four tips for sticking to your personal deadlines.
Establish Mini Milestones
We tend to be pretty ambitious when it comes to setting goals for ourselves. While that may seem to be a good thing, it also leads to feeling overwhelmed as it gets closer to the due date. Whether you are launching your own business, starting a blog, or developing a public relations plan, it’s helpful to break your tasks into multiple parts. By breaking up each one of your projects into smaller parts and assigning them deadlines, it makes them a little less daunting. Being able to manage these multiple parts allows the tasks to become less overwhelming.
Take Breaks When Working
It may seem counterintuitive, but taking breaks while you are working is very important and helps you keep on track to finishing your goal. Working for hours and hours will lead to quick burnout. Personally, I use the Pomodoro Methods, Jess Keys wrote an incredible post on it here! Taking a break every thirty minutes while you work can help you increase your focus. Grab a snack like Cheez-It’s or Halo Top, work on something else, watch your favorite HGTV show.
Hold yourself accountable
This is something that’s so important to me. I have to do lists posted everywhere just to keep me accountable for the work I have to do. You will never be able to meet your deadlines if you don’t hold yourself accountable. Achieving or completing a goal isn’t going to motivate you, you need something that is going to inspire you and hold you accountable in completing your goal. This is why making yourself a reward or consequence system will keep you focused on completing your goal. When you complete yourself or meet your deadlines, treat yourself to a cup of coffee from your favorite coffee shop.
Don’t overwhelm yourself
As an entrepreneur, side hustler, blogger, you may often bite off more than you can chew. Realize when you need to slow down and put some things on the back burner. Learn to say no and learn to prioritize the more important tasks. Make sure to have some time down. Your personal well-being is so much more important than stressing yourself out!
How do you stick to your personal deadlines?