Meeting deadlines is an important attribute in an employee or for any business owner. If you have difficulty managing your workload, here are some ways to ensure you meet your deadlines:
1. Take a good hard look at your work habits. Are you using your time wisely? Are you working only on projects you like and having to rush to complete the others? Are there too many interruptions? Analyzing what is hindering you in trying to meet deadlines is a beginning.
2. Next, rearrange your schedule and work habits to get more work done. Set a schedule that will help you be productive and let others in the workplace know that you need some uninterrupted work time.
3. Recognize the importance of meeting deadlines. Usually your boss will give you a deadline for a reason. Even if the deadline is arbitrary, it is important for you to meet it. Why? It’s important because meeting the deadline for a work assignment tells your boss or your customers that you are responsible. It tells him/her that you care about your job/business.
4. Approach each work assignment individually. If a work assignment is large, divide it into manageable parts.
5. Based on the amount of time before your deadline, establish due dates for each part of the assignment. Write due dates on the calendar for reference.
6. Check your calendar each day to determine what parts of your work assignments are coming due. Set priorities and work on the ones that are due first.
7. If you don’t meet one of your mini-deadlines, don’t let it slide. Immediately re-work your calendar to redistribute your work.
8. If you have multiple work assignments, repeat the process for each of them.
9. If you know with certainty that you will not meet your deadline on a particular work assignment, it’s best to tell your boss/client early on, rather than waiting until the due date. That way, your boss will be able to assign another person to the job to help you. Or your client will be able to make adjustments according to the new schedule.
Remember that when looking at your workload, meeting deadlines and the quality of your work are both important. Don’t let the work slide to the last minute. If you keep to your schedule, you will avoid all that time you spend in angst and devote that time and emotional emphasis to the quality of your work.