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Missing Deadlines
16 Mar 2015

With the lives most of us live today and the multiple commitments we have on a daily basis it is very humanly possible that many important things slip our minds.  However, it does not get very serious until we actually miss a deadline at work or at school. How many of us make the same mistake of missing deadlines, again and again? Forgot you have a quiz tomorrow, or a math assignment submission, or had to submit your proposal for the term project this semester? We all have been through one of these situations once too often, and believe me it is not a nice feeling. Knowing you missed the deadline to submit your CV for your dream job is not a nice feeling either.

Well, you’ve landed yourself in the right place, and I ensure you will never miss a deadline again in your life. The rules are simple.

Firstly, make sure you know of the deadline in the first place. If you have no idea you have an upcoming deadline, well in that case I cannot help you. However, once you know you have a deadline approaching, first things first, write it down in a handy notepad.

A calendar can be handy in such a situation. Make sure you have a calendar hanging in a spot in your house which you normally pass by few times a day at least. Circle your deadline dates with a bright red marker and write down the particulars for that day. You may also want to set reminders on your phone, write it on a sticky note and stick it on your office desk or on your bedroom door.

Another important way to go about this is to start your research as soon as you get to know of the upcoming deadline. Whether the due date is a month or a week away, start off with the preliminary ground work as soon as possible. This will save you from getting stressed later, as the date approaches, and will also work into your mind, reminding you that you have pending work to complete.

It is important to be organized. Make sure you have all your upcoming days activities sorted out, and figure out how much work you can get done each day to complete the work on time. Also take some time out to calculate how much time you’ll need in total to complete the job, and make sure you do at least a small part of it every day. This will help you remain focused and constantly remind you that you have unfinished tasks.

You may also want to tell a close family member or friend to keep checking on you and ensuring that the task has not slipped your mind. Give yourself ample of time for loopholes, miscalculations, any mishaps, or sudden commitments that might come up. This means, do not put anything off for the last minute.

If you comply with all the above rule, and avoid procrastinating, it is likely you’ll always be on time with submissions, and soon become your boss or teachers favorite. There is no other way about it!

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Remisha Hasnain

A mother of a two year old and a go getter, with the love to read, write and inspire!

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