Do you have trouble meeting deadlines? You’re not alone — nor is your chronic lateness entirely your fault.

Research has shown time and time again that we human beings are pretty bad at planning things. As the following infographic from personal lenders CashNetUSA explains, one 1977 study found that we estimate timelines based not on reality, but on optimistic predictions. Another study found that we unconsciously judge deadlines to be further away than they really are when it comes to especially complex tasks.

In other words: Your brain kind of stinks at managing time frames.

Thankfully, however, you don’t have to be at your flaky mind’s mercy. The infographic below also contains 10 techniques you can use to make sure you never miss a deadline again, no matter how off-base your estimations are. Check it out in full:


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