Nobody likes a deadline. If nothing else, it has the word \u201cdead\u201d in it, which is rarely comforting. More pressingly, trying to work to a deadline can be very stressful.\r\n\r\nSome people, like author Douglas Adams, cope with this stress by ignoring deadlines entirely:\r\n\u201cI love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.\u201d\r\nUnfortunately, this isn\u2019t an option for your average college student, as missing a deadline will mean losing out on marks. This could, in turn, affect your overall grade, so you need to turn in your assignments on time whenever possible.\r\n\r\nBut how can you make sure you do this? We have a few suggestions\u2026\r\n1. Start Early!\r\nThis might sound obvious, but the most common mistake people make when working to deadlines is to (wrongly) assume they have more time than they really do. Next thing you know, your work's due and you\u2019re forced to rush the writing process.\r\n\r\nYou can avoid this stress (and the poor quality work that usually results) simply by not leaving your paper until the last minute. On which note\u2026\r\n2. Have a Plan\r\nTo make sure you have enough time to finish your paper, you should formulate a plan before you start writing. This includes the time you\u2019ll need to research your paper, write it up, and make any revisions required before submitting the final version.\r\n\r\nAt the very least, you should try to sketch an outline of your argument so you know what you need to do for each section of your paper, as well as how your argument hangs together as a whole. This will make it much easier to overcome any problems you encounter while working.\r\n3. Break Tasks Down into Manageable Chunks\r\nA well-written paper is rarely finished in one session, so if you\u2019re working on a longer essay you might want to work on it in smaller chunks. This will make it seem less daunting, in addition to letting you schedule work more effectively.\r\n\r\nAnd as long as you start early enough (see above), even writing a paragraph or two a day should get you over the finish line in time.\r\n4. Prioritize Your Work\r\nIf you do have a deadline approaching, you need to prioritize. This simply involves knowing which tasks are most important and being willing to set other things aside until they\u2019re done.\r\n\r\nFor example, although you might have been invited to a party on Wednesday night, you should probably prioritize work if you\u2019ve got a deadline on Thursday. Sorry to be a buzzkill about it.\r\n5. Conquer Procrastination\r\nThe final hurdle every student (and everyone else) must overcome when working to a deadline is the urge to procrastinate. Time management is a big part of this, but it\u2019s also important to create an environment free from distractions and to allow yourself regular breaks to avoid fatigue.