Lori recommends the following next steps:
- Don't think about the deadline constantly! You know it's there, but what matters is doing your best work.
- Dedicate time and space - no other distractions when you need laser-focus to complete something. Create an environment where you won't be disturbed and are comfortable.
- Remember that you are (likely) designing an end product for someone else. Keep their vision/direction in mind and product what you believe they want first; if you have extra time and want to share some options of your own, do that only once you've finished the core deliverable.
- take a break! even a 10 minute walk around the block or set of stretches helps you re-set - and is not going to throw you off deadline.