Do’s and Don’ts When You’re Running Out of Time


Do’s and don’ts help dig you out…

Do’s and don’ts can provide you with clear guidance when you’re pressed for time.

Life isn’t always black and white, but when deadlines loom and stress takes over, some clear do’s and don’ts may make the difference between success and failure.

Let’s say you’ve been procrastinating about something.

You know that project you found out about two weeks ago but have not worked on yet (the one you kept saying that you would get to tomorrow)?

Suddenly that deadline is tomorrow.

Do’s and Don’ts

Here are 5 Things Not to Do. Don’t:

  1. Leave town, change your name, or start looking for a new job.
  2. Keep procrastinating.
  3. Panic.
  4. Judge or berate yourself.
  5. Give up.

The details of the situation may vary, but the basic story remains the same. You have been putting something off, or letting other priorities get in the way of completing a task. That sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach may make you want to disappear, but showing up is the best antidote.

To successfully complete your task, set new patterns in place. Commit to making this project a success, and use the tips below as building blocks for better time choices from here on.

5 Things to DO.

  1. Create a boundary.
  2. Get your tools together.
  3. Define your task.
  4. Get started.
  5. Remember that DONE is better than perfect.

Create a boundary.

Let others know you need undisturbed time until your project is completed. Enlist in their support, if needed. Let the answering machine take your messages. Direct your full attention and energy to the task at hand.

Assemble your tools.

What do you need to complete your task? A computer? Papers from work? Coffee? Gather nearby whatever will help you to get the job done.

Define your task.

Envision your end point, and brainstorm what you need to reach it. What is the most direct route? Let simplicity be your guide. If you get caught up in the details, it’s time to translate thought into action.

Get started.

This is the top priority. Once you get started, keep going. Do not let doubts or interruptions stop you. You may hit bumps, but keep moving. Give yourself small breaks if you need to, but set a time frame for them and return to your task quickly.


Remember, your goal is not perfection, it’s to get to the end of this task on schedule. Once you have finished, if you have time, you can go back and polish your work. If it helps, think of your finished product as a starting point rather than an endpoint!

Once you have gotten out of that corner you backed yourself into, congratulate yourself. You have learned first-hand how boundaries, focus and mobilizing yourself enable you to meet your deadline.

So, how will you start using these do’s and don’ts in your life? What is your next step to beat procrastination and find time?

More help with do’s and don’ts…

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That’s the good news! You really can make conscious choices about your time and how to use it. And you really can change old habits and patterns. Using the tools and skills you’ll learn in “I Don’t Know Where to Start” you’ll get started and keep going!

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