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If Your Deadline Is Approaching, Don’t Panic

When you have approaching deadlines, they are enough to provide anyone with a panic attack, especially if you are concerned about coming through to meet the deadline. But, you don’t have to feel like you are letting your feelings of panic overtake you, just keep a clear head. Panic attacks will just take time away from the most important thing – your deadline. Just keep looking forward with your deadline in mind and focus on the task at hand.

Using breathing techniques can be great for keeping a clear head. You don’t have to enter a meditative state,  just remember to breathe deeply and rhythmically for a few minutes. This will assist you to decrease your stress level and help maintain your focus on your task. As you increase your stress level, the less likely you will be able to focus or to catch mistakes.

Divide your tasks into sections, if possible. If you are working on an in-depth project for your company, by breaking it down into tasks you can help achieve the project faster. Identify each individual step, then you can view the project as a whole, that way you are helping your brain to compute each step as it approaches, rather than trying to solve the whole problem at once.

Enlist help if you can. Do not expect to complete the task all by yourself if you have help available. Enlist the help of co-workers or employees, depending upon your situation. You may find that having two sets of eyes will help to not only get the task completed earlier, but also your enlisted help may find a mistake you may not have caught.

If all else fails, walk away and relax for a few minutes. Take the necessary break and enjoy a cup of tea or a short walk. Fresh air does the body and mind well in terms of helping to clear out unnecessary thoughts and stress. Also taking a necessary break will ease your stress on the impending deadline and will allow you to relax. Come back after your mind has cleared and you should be able to view the task with a refreshed perspective.

Maintaining a clear head is essential to completing an assignment on time. There are numerous methods you can try to get this desired effect and help you to focus better. You just need to find the method that works for you and employ it. It could help you to be able to complete your assignment better with a clear mind.