Bloggers are a special kind of people. They spend a lot – and I mean a lot – of time maintaining their blog. Some of them think blog. It’s the naked truth, I have seen people say on the Internet they spend every second thinking about their next blog post. Okay – It’s time to introduce a new blogging term: ‘Time Crunch’.
Crunching the time
Ok, let’s be honest. I didn’t create the term ‘Time Crunch’. According to the Urban Dictionary this is the definition of Crunch Time:
The interval of time immediately before a project is due, when it becomes apparent that the schedule has slipped and everyone is going to have to work like dogs to try to complete the project in time. Crunch time usually occurs during the period between the next-to-last scheduled milestone (prior to which everyone was able to delude themselves tht the schedule had NOT slipped) and the final deadline for delivery. During crunch time, workers are in crunch mode. Prevalent in the software industry, but used elsewhere as well.
I bet you have felt like that one or two times while you were blogging with an unreachable deadline. Your client is waiting for you to send in your long awaited post promoting his goodies. They picked you, because they know you can get the job done. You will not let them down.
Different kinds of pressure.
It does not really matter if you are blogging for the bucks or fun. Bloggers take their blogging duties serious. Maybe you promised to get a guest post done over the weekend.
I am talking about pressure ‘from the outside world’. Events you can’t control or change.
This is ‘self – inflicted’ pressure. Just as bad, but the good thing is you can change or control that kind of pressure.
Turbo-Charge your performance.
Do you know what NOS is? This will explain some of the effects of ‘laughing gas’, but it’s no laughing matter.
Understand that each person deals with pressure in his of her way. Some perform better when the heat is on, others can’t deal with it. But there are a few tricks:
- Evaluate if making the deadline is really important. And more importantly to you? Or someone else? If you have a client waiting for your input and there is a big sum of money involved, the pressure is high. If you promised a fellow blogger to finish a guest post over the weekend and you’re not going to make the deadline, let them know you can’t make it. It’s not like they are going to chew your head off…
- If you know you perform well under pressure make use of that! That may sound weird, but it really works. Be late on purpose to excel!
- Don’t worry about getting the details done. Work on the important issues first, even if you are a perfectionist.
- I can’t say it enough: “Zoom out, get the big picture, zoom in again and focus“.
- Work using checklists. It will keep you organized ‘in the old pumpkin’ and saves you a lot of last-minute-things-that-are-to-important-to-not-do.
- When your work is done, it is done. Period.
Personally I like the challenge of working under pressure, especially when working in a team. The reward of getting things done (just) in time can be very fulfilling If you mess up, you messed up as a group and that’s easier to deal with.
Shit happens, you know. One failure does not mean civilization as we know it will collapse and the earth is on it’s path to become a flaming rock in space – so hot that Noah didn’t have a sea to sail his ark.
What I am trying to say is, IF and WHEN it happens be sure to have a good laugh about it in – let’s say – a year from when it happens.
So how do you deal with these kind of situations? Do you perform better? What do you do when I ask you to have that guest post ready in 23 minutes from now?