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How to Deal With Deadline Panic

Time urgency is the enemy of good work and good health. No matter how out of control you feel, you can tame the beast.

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This story appears in the November 2010 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »
Time Out of Mind

Time urgency can be controlled, once you're aware of it. Here are the key steps to restoring your rational self.

The race is on, and you and your business are losing, to a foe so ingrained in the way you work you'd never even suspect it. The culprit is the very warp-factor speed so many entrepreneurs think is essential to success--time pressure, an obsession with scarcity of time that researchers call time urgency. It spawns a chronic state of hurry-worry that locks you into a perpetual rush hour, even if there's no reason for it. Constant clock-checking, zero tolerance for waiting longer than a nanosecond, the need to do everything ASAP or it's apocalypse now--these are just some of the telltale behaviors that come with this condition and the chronic impatience it brings.

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