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"I love deadlines," said Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy author Douglas Adams. "I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by." Here's a mental trick for thinking of long-term deadlines, based on minor spoilers for the horror film It Follows.

Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.

One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.

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As you surely know by now, August 9 is Census night in Australia. If you're going to be away tomorrow, have an unexpected internet outage or simply don't have time to fill out the form, DON't PANIC: the ABS is giving all Australians an unofficial deadline of September 23 to complete the survey.

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Video: Waiting until the last minute can actually do a number on your body. If you have a paper, presentation or something else due soon, the normal response is to procrastinate. It may feel gratifying, but all that stress and tension has serious effects on your health.

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We're obsessed with planning when we'll get work done. But when we need to knuckle down and put our plans into action, we push tasks back further and further, up until the last minute -- or worse, past the established deadline.

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It happens to the best of us -- maybe accounting didn't get you the numbers on time. Maybe the design work you thought would take you four hours is taking more like 14. Maybe Taco Tuesday turned into Food Poisoning Tuesday, and you know you won't make your deadline.

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Like many of us, Jessica Hische has too much to do and it creeps into her downtime. So she came up with a productivity trick that ensures she gets the rest she needs. She stopped scheduling deadlines on Mondays, and uses it only for administrative work.

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No matter how much time you spend planning a project, it's inevitable that you'll run into a problem outside of your control. Productivity blog Unclutterer recommends you set up a contingency plan for botched workdays or missed deadlines.

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Managing deadlines on long-term projects can be a tricky task: far-off deadlines don't seem real, and imminent daily deadlines don't seem to move the project along. The head of London's planning committee for the 2012 Summer Olympics argues that measuring far-off events in weeks helps to keep projects on track.