Respecting deadlines requires a whole lot of discipline and hard work. But unfortunately, even though we all know what is necessary to meet a deadline, most of us, including myself, find it extremely hard to do so.
But there are plenty of tips and tricks that will help you meet deadlines without sweating too much. Let us look at some right now.
1. Start immediately
Although the completion of any project will take a good few days or even weeks, it is still important that you start straight away so that you are not stressed in the end. You will also be able to identify whatever it is that your project lacks. If you cannot start working on the final output immediately, you can always work on the prototype first so that all the challenges and shortcomings can be seen from a distance.
2. Personal deadlines
Since unexpected events can show up at any time in your life, you need to anticipate these and set a deadline two or three days before the actual deadline so that you are well prepared for any curve ball that life throws at you. You can even set the deadline for more than two days so that delayed approvals and follow-ups are also accounted for. Make sure that your team is up to date with whatever changes to the deadline you make.
3. All the way from the top
It is important to plan how you go about completing the task at hand. If you do not do this, there’s a higher chance that you will fail at completing on time. A great way to start planning is by visualizing what the step right before the final output is going to be and work your way towards the start of the project. After listing out all the steps, determine how much time each step will take and if you are uncertain, ask people who have gone through similar tasks in the past about the time frame.
4. Sleep should be a priority
Your body, as well as your head, need to rest from time to time. Take a nap if you are feeling tired so that you can wake up with a clear as well as a fresh mind. If you are unsure about when you must set a deadline for a project, sleep on it so that you are provided with clarity as to how much time you need. Do this so that realistic deadlines can be set.