Beat Procrastination Using False Deadlines

By allowing yourself less time to complete a task, the quicker you'll get it done.

Parkinson’s Law states that tasks expand to fill the time allotted to them. That’s why students always cram up for exams last minute and pull all-nighters to complete reports.

Reduce the time available to complete a task by 50-80% to put pressure on yourself.

If you have to deliver a report by tomorrow afternoon, make it a challenge to complete it by the end of the day.

The "false deadline" will trick your brain and thus make you more productive.

Make a habit of writing down deadlines for yourself that are in advance of when a project is actually due. You’ll give yourself less wiggle room and help ensure you aren’t holding up the process for your co-workers.