We all have deadlines. We had them when we were in schools, then in colleges and then now when we sit working in offices on projects. The click-clack of the clock nearby reminds us to hurry and meet the given deadlines.
Deadlines help us focus on the job. They save us from distractions. They are a necessary evil to stay productive. Yes, they do cause plenty of stress when missed. There is no denying that. We fail to plan our time efficiently several times and then, as a result, we miss the deadlines. So how do we make sure that we meet all our deadlines? By following some proven techniques.
We are now going to discuss the techniques that will help you stay on the track and help meet your deadlines.
1. Clarify the expectations
Know exactly what is expected of you. If it is not clear, step up and ask. You must know what your deliverables are.
2. Gather right resources
Do you have all the resources you need to do the job assigned to you? If not, gather all the information and resources you need to work.
3. Break the job into tasks and prioritize them
Your assignments need to be prioritized. Know what task is to be done on priority. Decide which one can be taken later.
4. Be realistic
Don’t overestimate your ability to get the job done. Be realistic. Things go wrong and make sure you have time to correct them.
5. Have mini-deadlines
You need to divide your project into smaller projects and have mini-deadlines for them.
6. Eliminate distractions
Distractions are a part of all our lives. You need to learn to manage and eliminate them.
7. Front load your days
Our concentration is best in the mornings and that is the time when we can get most of our work done. So try frontloading the days.
8. Use tools
Technology can help you meet your deadlines. Use right tools for your projects and assignments.
9. Don’t over commit
Focus on your workflow. Don’t be Mr. or Ms. Nice at the cost of delaying your own assignment.
10. Ask for deadline extension
If you really need a deadline extension, ask for it. In person.
These are some of the techniques you can use to meet your deadline. This appealing infographic given below talks about the discussed techniques in much more detail.