Have you ever found yourself saying,
Drat – this thing is due in a week/day/hour. If I only had another week/day/hour.
Think about it: If you had just one more week/day/hour, oh man, it’d be heaven! You don’t have a lot of time left (whatever the reason, you’ve accepted your current circumstances and are moving forward), and you’re anxious, and having that extra time would seem like… a gift. Oh, if you only had that extra time…
OK, but let’s say you’re not at this late stage; you are in the middle of something with a deadline. Try this:
Give yourself an artificial deadline to give yourself the gift of time.
If it is due in two weeks, get it done in one. I feel this helps with those prone to procrastinating.
Just feel it, though… put yourself there… you bust out whatever you can in one week, and at the end of that week, you take a step back, look it over, and you know what? It just actually might be good enough! If not, oh look, you have another week at your disposal.
In ‘The 4-Hour Workweek’ by Tim Ferriss, he talks about Parkinson’s Law, which goes, “a task will swell in perceived importance and complexity in relation to time allotted for its completion”, to which he recommends setting artificially short and clear deadlines.
The trick is now to motivate yourself to accept this new shorter deadline.