Clever people utilize time management and prioritize and organize their work to avoid last minute scrambles and panic, as outlined in Meeting Deadlines. My biggest distraction when I'm supposed to be writing is the internet, i.e. email, googling things, blogging. So, when I really have to get things done, I have to ignore these.
How about you? What do you think of deadlines? What distracts you?
I better get back to work. :)