As we near the end of my series of articles on sources of negative stress, we will explore the common stressor: deadlines. Deadlines can certainly add to your sense of stress, especially if there is a lot at stake: perhaps your reputation, or a valued customer, or an important sale which is the difference between making target or not.
Yet, without deadlines, tasks can stretch to fill the time available. And, of course, if there is no deadline, the time available is all the time in the world. That is until the consequences are felt too strongly and too late to do anything about it.Continue reading