Deadlines can be scary. These are the ultimate accountability when working on a task or project. You can use these to create momentum and power through to completion with a little insight into setting a date that works taking many points into account, including who is on your team, what resources are available and your work style. Check out these tips on how to set ADHD friendly dates and deadlines for your productivity.
Use data to create a deadline
Deadlines depend on how long a task takes and how many tasks are part of a project. Use real time data to determine how much time is needed by using a timer or Rescue Time on your computer. Gather this data early in order to set up your project management. With that data, determine how much time you have available and plan accordingly. One project might take more time and require cutting back on another project. Plan accordingly to set a deadline.
Process dates and deadlines with visual tools
We process information with a variety of time management tools. These include a month at a glance planner, a week at a glance planner, and a categorized list of tasks. Use the tools that help you best “see” the needs of your project and when the outcome works best. When finished, be sure to post your work in segments with dates where you can see these at a glance.
Untangle the decisions on your project
Your list may be a tangled maze of decisions depending on a sequence of decisions. In order to simplify the deadline, list details in order of decision or use a mind map to intertwine decisions. Getting clarity on the sequence and creating a sequence of smaller deadlines helps you complete the project.
Work backwards to set a date
You may be given a deadline for a project instead of choosing a deadline You can work backwards to determine the sequence of tasks to complete this on time and the segments to work on.
Outsource part of your work
It may be that you can outsource some of the small tasks in your work. Can a colleague supply data or write up a section for your work? There are lots of creative in person and online tech tools to help you delegate too.
Work with a body double
Working in parallel can help you overcome paralysis. Setting a deadline while body doubling can help you come to a conclusion. That body double can also be a person from FocusMate, a tech tool that partners you up for productivity.
Frame your outcome
While working on a project, the goal can become fuzzy. Be sure to go back and clarify the required outcome. If you are not clear, you will spend more time unnecessarily. Finishing on time is one of the most important objectives too.
Check out which tool you want to use to help you set the deadlines for your next task or project. After you practice, review what worked for you!