How to Stretch Time on Tight Deadlines

13 September 2011
How do you stretch time so you can beat tight deadlines? Quick answer: You can't. There's no logical way that any freelancer can extend 24 hours to become 30 or 60 or 100. Luckily, there are a number of ways that you can get a good head start with your project:

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Begin early. "Do not put off until tomorrow what you can do today." Even when you cannot start writing yet, then at least start by planning how you can accomplish the work and by anticipating what may be needed along the way.

Set a working schedule and stick to it. It doesn't matter whether you work only 2 to 3 hours a day as long as you're really doing stuff related to your project. No TV breaks, chatting and Facebooking in between.

Think of the money. Sometimes, freelancing is not always about the money... but most of the time it is. Wouldn't you agree that money is a good motivator? The earlier you finish your work, the faster you can get paid.

Take advantage of the adrenalin rush. Do tight deadlines thrill you? Then think of everyday as your final day to turn over the work. You'll be surprised with how much you can really do in such a short time.

Declare a holiday from the house. Unless you really have no other choice, set aside strenuous household chores. The dishes, laundry and bills can easily shorten your head start. Delegate these responsibilities to someone else while you're busy pounding your key board.

Stay well fed. Don't memorize, skip or delay meals. Eat them on time. Your brain will need fuel to work efficiently. The last thing you want to happen is to get sick.   

Follow these practical tips, and you'll get used to beating tight deadlines in no time. In fact, maybe you won't even notice the pressure anymore. All it takes is constant practice to get your freelancing groove up and running. Do you have anything to add to the list?* 
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