You are a creative biz owner, blogger, entrepreneur. You might not be full time, but you have a side hustle you pour your heart and soul in to. Your to-do lists are never ending, you procrastinate (sometimes), and you have a million and one projects you’re working on. But when you’re working for yourself, sometimes you have trouble sticking to the personal deadlines you set. Sounds all too familiar, right?
From kicking your procrastination to the curb to the best apps to keep you accountable, here are five tips for sticking to your personal deadlines:
1. Break up your project(s) into parts/separate deadlines
By breaking up each and every one of your projects into smaller parts make them a little less daunting. Once you break your project into smaller parts, give each of those parts specific deadlines. Managing these different parts will be become more manageable and will help you stick to your deadlines since they aren’t as overwhelming. There are so many apps and websites out there to help you manage each of these deadlines, but two of my favorites are Asana and Trello.
2. Take breaks when you’re working
Taking breaks while you work is very important to keep you on track no matter what you’re doing. If you work for hours and hours on end without a break, you’re likely to get burnt out much quicker. Taking break a five break every twenty-five minutes you work can help increase your focus. Grab a snack, work on something else, or flip on the TV for five minutes. BeFocused allows you to set how long you want to work for, how long you want your short break to be, and how long you want your long break to be (after X amount of working cycles). It takes the thinking out of your work/break cycle.
3. Use Asana to track your projects & deadlines
A friend recently introduced me to Asana and I’m totally hooked. You can new projects, tasks for each project (and descriptions), color code those projects, and set due dates. If you have other people on your team, you can assign each team member a task and be alerted when things aren’t completed by their due date. Think of Asana as your digital to-do list that holds you reliable.
4. Hold yourself accountable
You will never meet your deadlines if you don’t hold yourself accountable. If you complete your tasks and meet your deadline, treat yourself to a cup of coffee at your favorite coffee shop. If you don’t meet your personal deadline, discipline yourself. Go without something, don’t buy yourself that new purse you’ve been eyeing, skip a meal out with friends and finish what you need to get done.
5. Don’t overwhelm yourself
As an entrepreneur, side hustler, blogger, you often bite off more than you can chew. Realize when you need to put some things on the back burner and focus on the more important tasks at hand. Learn to say no, and don’t take on too much. Your personal wellbeing is more important than stressing yourself out!! Have some down time every once in a while!!
How do you stick to personal deadlines?