Some people work well with deadlines and others don’t. Some people are good at getting things done in a timely or early fashion. There are those who just put things off until the last day and then crunch all night long to get it done and get very stressed out. Many times, the person freezes and can’t think straight due to the stress.
Make a fake deadline for yourself and stick to it. Make sure to get it done before it is due. If you have 2 weeks, get it done in 1 week. Then you have a week to make sure it’s perfect after not looking at it constantly. Then turn it in early! Don’t procrastinate – just do it!
Learn to get things done on a schedule and make a list of tasks with the date to accomplish the task. Get one step done at a time and check it off. When you get a project assignment, figure those steps. Maybe the first thing is to get fully aware of the scope and expectations – plus your list of resources – people, articles, books, Internet search, etc. Then schedule what you will do when – especially when to schedule to meet with others.
Get your research done right away – do not get distracted and let time slip away. Put an outline together with the sources you use – if you need to write something – but it’s helpful to write about your project so you know the scope and what to do. Don’t put things off – just do it.
Now that you are focused and determined (no distractions like Twitter or calling a friend) – start putting it all together.
Remember, the sooner you have it done, the better the quality of your work and the time to tweak it to being the best.
Get your first draft done, then let it sit until the next day when you will look it over and make changes that will make it better – more information, cleaned up sentences and paragraphs or such. If you have more time to put it aside for a couple days and then look at it with fresh eyes, do that. You can even get someone else to check it over. This is very helpful so don’t procrastinate – get it done early.
If you do the work right away, you can make it a better project than it would be by slapping it together in a hurry. Rarely is the quality as good (in a hurried timeframe) as it would be when taking time to do it methodically and in steps to tweak to best presentation.
Think about it – when you procrastinate and put things off, waiting until the last minute, you get stressed, sloppy, unable to concentrate – and your project will suffer. Don't procrastinate!