The most beautiful projects, the most acidic and everyone in between have something in common: At some point they have to be handed in. The closer that time gets, the creepier it can feel. Anyone who completes a project and hands over the work separates. He exposes himself to the judgment of others. And he can’t change anything at first.
No wonder that the final act of a project causes stress. But it doesn’t have to be. Deadlines have the decisive advantage that they are mostly known. That allows for some planning. The rest of the fear is done by doing: Procrastination is not a disease, it’s an excuse. Those who hang in there no longer have to worry about creating.
“You need as much time as you have “
This saying is Widespread among students and often enough it also applies to work. If the deadline is far off, the work can become downright inefficient. Read something here, prepare something there, first organize everything. The result is no wonder: many people think they work better under pressure. In doing so, they simply do not work at all without pressure.
Therefore it does not make much sense to spend the time devoted to a project Is available to be viewed as a whole. It is not a big whole. If you keep telling yourself that you still have enough time, at some point you realize that you don’t have any more time.
The kick is deceptive
It is just as difficult to artificially attach your own motivation to deadlines. Yes, of course – the adrenaline rush is great. He keeps us in focus, all energy goes into this project, a flow state arises and mostly everything works out. Some people blossom when a deadline is approaching.
This high has several problems:
- The kick feels great – concentrated, focused. But we won’t get any smarter than that. Rather the opposite. Those who work quickly have to rely on what they already know. Dag may be quickly available in the tunnel – but the work only becomes a repetition of what has long been known. So boring. If you get paid for boredom, do what you want. If not: think about it again with the final spurt.
- Creativity is still viable even under a certain pressure – but that changes suddenly as soon as it becomes too big. Fear is just the most extreme factor. Important creativity factors are already lost beforehand: the time and resources to look around the world while working and to discover alternative solutions to problems.
- As soon as several people are involved in a project or have an influence on the schedule, the concept no longer works. The final spurt can trigger unwanted stress for other parties involved – or unexpectedly cross-cutting daycare viruses stop the whole process.
Serenity for the project finale
Always only surf on deadlines is childish. It is really that easy. It is nearsighted and relies on ideal circumstances, but unfortunately the circumstances are not always ideal for adults. Besides, there is another way. And better. Namely:
First open a room
Anyone who already deals with its specifications at the beginning of an order opens up a room in their own brain, so to speak. The factual requirements are on one wall, the specifics of the client are on another. The first ideas are on one wall and the fourth wall is a window front. Anyone who has prepared the framework for a project can first devote themselves to more urgent matters. In the meantime, the brain continues to work – and collects ideas for the project along the way.
Define buffer day
The buffer day for each project is easy to find: It is the day of submission. Or, if the company would like to have the result served in the morning: the day before. The buffer day is not a working time. The buffer day is a free day, for which you should reserve tickets for the swimming pool in good time. If everything then goes wrong, you can pull this joker and sleep peacefully the night before. And if you really have to work on the buffer day: treat yourself to breaks. Take a look at the world behind your desk, maybe even the outside world. Those who take breaks work faster and make fewer mistakes. Remember that you’ve mastered tight deadlines before – but life doesn’t always have to be like this.
Set processing time
How long a project will take can at least be roughly estimated. You can put this time into a core time in advance and plan it firmly. There it is then – as an appointment. This project island in your schedule protects the project from other influences – and it protects other projects from the influences of this project. Nothing speaks against mixing tasks, as this will always be necessary in everyday working life. But don’t mix like whiskey and ginger ale. More like coffee liqueur, Baileys and rum: neatly separated from each other. You can define intermediate steps for this time or not, it depends on the project and your personal needs. They mostly frustrate me, others are excellent at working with these milestones. Try it! The main thing is that the work flows.
The deadline can then come – after all, it is firmly planned.