Deadlines have been identified as the most common cause of work stress (with 30% of folks citing it). Not only that, it decreases creativity and proactiveness.
Today's tip: Ask for an extension. A new report over ten studies shows that employees are afraid to ask for an extension from their manager for fear that it will make them (especially women) look incompetent. Yet, most managers don't perceive this.
Think about the last deadline you stressed about. Would having an extra day or two have improved your work quality? Reduced your stress?
Most deadlines are arbitrary. So, ask for what you need to do your best work. That's the ultimate goal, right?