Failing to meet your deadlines could spoil your projects and do serious damage to both your career and reputation. Deadlines are one aspect of time management that several people have a hard time figuring out. Having the capacity to meet your due dates, and convey on what you have guaranteed is a basic part of any job. It is natural for a venture to slide off the rails before it has even truly begun legitimately. So it is truly critical to guarantee that you can deliver on time, what you have guaranteed to deliver. A famous saying goes “On the off chance that you need something done, offer the task to a busy individual”. There is a commonly held belief that people who are busy have reliable strategies for time managing and prioritization. These strategies help them meet their deadlines. On the other hand, people who are always convinced that there is plenty of time hardly get things done efficiently and often miss their deadlines. So how would you ensure you nail each due date? Impart these tips to your group.
Make sure the deadline is reasonable: Know your limit and never promise to finish a project by a certain time if you already know that you can’t beat the deadline. This is an extremely important point, because it concerns your integrity. If you agree to a deadline, and kept mute about the timeline not being achievable, your reputation is the one that will get mud thrown all over it when you fail to deliver. If a deadline can’t be met, say so immediately and negotiate another deadline that you are sure you can beat.
Make sure you and your team are clear on what is expected: Explicitly record what you need to do and the time it’s supposed to be completed in. If you have a team, make sure every member is aware of the details of the project and most especially, the deadline.
Stay ahead of schedule: Complete tasks in advance of their due date and give yourself enough time to complete the job. Staying ahead of schedule will prepare you, in the event that you encounter problems so that you will have extra time to handle them. Projects almost never go exactly how you plan them – there will be obstacles along the way and staying ahead of schedule is the surest way of making sure you can deal with unforeseen problems. Break the job up into smaller projects and set smaller deadlines to work towards – make sure you stick to them, though.
Request help: Most entrepreneurs have a hard timing admitting that they have run into problems and need help or that there is a something they don’t know how to do. When such problems arise, instead of shutting everyone out and trying to go it alone, ask others to help you out. The same goes for when you’re pressed for time and can’t handle everything you want to. Delegation is an important skill – try to use ot to your benefit whenever you can. You can also share with your family and entrepreneur friends what you want to achieve and ask for their help either with the project directly, or in the form of advice.
Take responsibility: If you have made a pledge to finish a venture by a specific time, it is your obligation to ensure that you do so. Take the responsibility for the project and put in whatever is required to complete it on time. On the off chance that it implies putting in more hours or minimizing interferences and diversions to guarantee you complete your work, do so.