10 lessons from The Deadline Effect: How to Work Like It's the Last Minute―Before the Last Minute by Christopher Cox:

1. Deadlines are good for us. They force us to focus and to prioritize our work.

2. The worst deadline is "as soon as possible." This is because it gives us no sense of urgency and allows us to procrastinate.

3. Short deadlines are better than long deadlines. Short deadlines force us to work more efficiently and to focus on the essentials.

4. Break down large tasks into smaller tasks. This will make the tasks seem more manageable and less daunting.

5. Set realistic deadlines for yourself. Don't set deadlines that are too ambitious or that you know you can't meet.

6. Eliminate distractions. This means turning off your phone, closing your email, and finding a quiet place to work.

7. Take breaks. It's important to take breaks throughout the day, even if it's just for a few minutes. This will help you to stay focused and to avoid burnout.

8. Reward yourself. When you meet a deadline, reward yourself with something that you enjoy. This will help you to stay motivated and to stay on track.

9. Don't be afraid to ask for help. If you're struggling to meet a deadline, don't be afraid to ask for help from a colleague, friend, or family member.

10. Don't beat yourself up if you miss a deadline. Everyone misses deadlines from time to time. The important thing is to learn from your mistakes and to move on.



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