Don’t Delay - Meet Your Deadlines Today
Deadlines can seem like an insurmountable barrier at times. When you need to deliver on a job, but it seems like there simply isn't enough time in the day to get it done, you can easily get stressed out and fail to perform.
Missed deadlines, or stressing about them before they arrive, can easily be eliminated if you learn how to properly plan and set objectives to ensure your work is completed on time.
Here are our top tips for meeting deadlines without a fuss:
Set Realistic Timescales
Like any other area of your work, you need to be able to define what you do and how long it will take you. If a job needs a certain amount of time to be completed, you will need to allow for this. Even if you have a client who is desperate to get something back from you, unrealistic timescales will simply lead to poor quality or unfinished work that will not meet the initial brief.
Don’t be shy. Set your deadlines taking into account the requirements of the work as well as other pieces of work or projects that you are also working on at the same time.
Ask For A Clear Brief
In order to deliver a project on time, and fully completed, you need to know exactly what is expected of you. This means you will need to be 100% clear about the scope of the project and what you are expected to provide for the client.
Work As A Team
If you are working as a team, everyone involved in the project also needs to follow the rules above. They must know exactly what is expected of them, and the exact date it is required by.
Allow Time For Set Backs
Even the best laid plans can suffer from set backs. Illness, absence or even just the pressure of an increased workload can sometimes cause delays. If you try to be slightest ahead of the curve at all times, you are able to buy yourself some grace should any delays occur during the course of the project.
Break It Down
By splitting the project into bite size pieces, you are more likely to be able to efficiently meet all of your deadlines. Give each specific piece of work an allocated timescale to help you and your team to keep on track.
Know Your Strengths
The best way to manage deadlines efficiently is to never, ever over commit and sell yourself short in the longer term. Everyone wants more work, but over stretching yourself and being unable to complete, or providing a poor job is short sighted and you will lose out in the longer term.
Once you have committed to a project it is your responsibility to see it delivered, on time and in a manner in which you would be proud of. If, for whatever reason, this doesn't happen, the buck stops with you. Be responsible and take ownership of any delays and let your client know as soon as you can.