This is one area that many people have problems with. A lot of people have lost contracts, been demoted, or even lost their jobs because they repeatedly failed to meet their deadlines as this might end up costing the company a lot more than they bargained for. You can be the most hardworking employee in your company, but if you keep failing to meet deadlines, the higher-ups or clients will eventually look at you as someone with a red flag on his head.
PROCRASTINATION IS YOUR GREATEST ENEMY
Let’s say you have a deadline set for the end of the second quarter of the year. You think to yourself, ‘hey, it’s only March/April, I can definitely start by June and I will meet up’. Trust me, you wouldn’t know when time will breeze by and you’ll end up having many sleepless nights just to get the required job done. And not only will this strain your body and mind, but it will also affect the job you are meant to do. Instead of the perfect job you would have done if you had started earlier, you’ll be left with work that will definitely be considered way below par.
FRAGMENTATION IS KEY
Break the project down into smaller pieces, estimate how much time it’ll take to complete each task and work with each deadline leaving room for delays and minor setbacks.
When it comes to company projects and contracts, it will be wise to bring in one or two people to help speed things up. This will help to reduce your workload as each person working on the project will have a piece of the fragmented project to do. And when you see them working tirelessly to meet up with the deadline, you wouldn’t think of procrastinating.
ALWAYS RELAY PROGRESS
After completing a step that signifies a step closer to completing the overall project, it is better to contact the client or whoever gave you the task to check an d make sureyou are going in their desired direction. Waiting till the end of the project can be detrimental if after months of tireless working the client goes “this is not what I asked you to do”. That is a lot of time, energy, manpower and money gone down the drain.
Yes we are humans and can’t be perfect, but in the corporate world especially when money is involved, no one will want to pay for half-baked services rendered. You want good value for your money and so does your client. Cross every T and dot every I, leave no stone unturned and make sure the finished project is as perfect as humanly possible. Let the outcome you realize be the same outcome your client envisaged.