Saturday, 2 September 2017

When Deadlines Are Stressing You Out

when deadlines are stressing you out
Defending your position
"A goal is a dream with a deadline." - Napoleon Hill

Deadlines are hard to avoid in your working life.

At best they can be stimulating challenges that stop you from falling asleep at your desk by keeping you on your toes.

At worst they can lead to burn-out, when realisation sets in that a target cannot be met.

When working for someone else, deadlines are usually set by someone other than you, unless you work for a kind manager, who asks you what time frame would be suitable for you.

If you work for yourself, you have the advantage to set deadlines according to your schedule and ability.

If you are running your own business, this can be a blessing but also a curse when you ignore careful planning.

Setting realistic deadlines that don't stress you out is important for your reputation as someone your clients can rely on.

"Crystallise your goals. Make a plan for achieving them and set yourself a deadline. Then, with supreme confidence, determination and disregard for obstacles and other people's criticisms, carry out your plan." - Paul J. Meyer

Meeting your deadlines means that you take your business seriously and you have the tenacity to deliver on time, regardless of the little hiccups that could delay you behind the scenes.

I often notice with creative people and empaths that they struggle with this kind of pressure.
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Don't be your own enemy
They apologise on social media or in newsletters for not delivering on their intentions. I've been there myself with my tarot deck, which in the end took five years to complete :).

Nothing is worse than sending a newsletter to your clients apologising for a delay, because somehow life got in the way.

Sometimes it really can't be helped, and that's okay. But sometimes it is also down to simple self-sabotage, which can be avoided, if you are aware of it.

Mindfulness is the key, and combined with the Tarot can offer straight-forward solutions. 

Daily check-ups are useful to keep on track and offer ideas to avoid delays. Ask questions such as

- What is blocking me from reaching my deadline?
- How can I remove these blocks?
- What step can I take today to make progress?

Let the tarot guide you into the right direction.

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Remember you're in charge
In addition, here are a 3 simple tips to keep your nerves when an impending deadline is causing concern:

- Don't panic.
- Be determined and keep going.
- Believe in yourself that you can do it.

When setting your deadline, make sure you include additional time to cover for the unexpected little hiccups such as short-term illness, holiday, sufficient time to relax etc.

"Deadlines refine the mind. They remove variables like exotic materials and processes that take too long. The closer the deadline, the more likely you'll start thinking waaay outside the box." - Adam Savage

My current deadlines are the Tarot Moon Journal 2018 and the Cosmic Faery Tarot Guidebook. Yes, it's getting tight, but I'm still on target.

In the meantime, join my free Facebook group for additional tarot exercises, spreads, journaling prompts and mindful musings.

I look forward to seeing you there.

Warmest wishes,

Christiane

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