You may not consciously realize it, but you may have at one point considered a misguided habit to be an advantageous attribute after successfully accomplishing some project or other by applying it in the past. You have a week to finish a series tasks for instance. If the work requires some preparation before finally being tackled as well as a bit of reviewing right after, it makes sense to distribute each individual task from Monday until Friday instead pulling an all-nighter a day or two before the deadline. You’ll get the mistaken impression of finding the latter more practical if you do manage to submit the project on schedule through a method that inherently necessitates putting yourself under what could’ve been easily avoidable pressure.
Indeed, you would appear to be intensely focused while rushing to finish a deadline overnight, but high stress almost always goes hand-in-hand with the momentary boost of activity. The most obvious benefit of sticking to an evenly distributed approach is of course reducing the stress that you potentially put yourself through when indulging in loosely-structured habits. Furthermore, there’s a better chance of spotting, and subsequently rectifying, mistakes while working at a (relatively) leisurely pace. There’s a better chance of applying last-minute improvements as well as final touches to your work that simply isn’t possible when you’re in a rush to beat a deadline.
This productivity tip pretty much overlaps with established time management techniques. The bottom line is, by altering your routine or habit in a way that accommodates more efficient allocation of a task at a specific date and time, you’ll be able to achieve better and faster results compared to proceeding in a disorganized manner.
It’s good practice to come up with a doable schedule or timeframe which provides a decent interval of breaks in between periods of uninterrupted work. Breaks should improve concentration, in theory, and seventeen to twenty minute breaks spent taking a quick nap—briefly resting counteracts the strain brought on by long periods of work—or doing some physical activity (which reliably supplies more blood to the brain) come highly recommended.