We all have deadlines in our lives, whether it is related to completing a deliverable at work on time or signing up for a workout so you don't miss the class you hope to attend. With deadlines targeting us from almost every angle, it is important to set ourselves up for success in meeting them. While this may be easier said than done, we can use a few different tools to navigate deadlines efficiently. In today's Thrive, we will share tips on meeting difficult deadlines!
Use the tips below to help meet difficult deadlines:
Block Your Calendar for Heads Down Time
Heads down time is a great solution for tuning out distractions and getting things done! It allows you to focus in on a specific deliverable by blocking out time on your calendar in advance. It also helps to turn off notifications on your computer and phone during your working time so you're not tempted by distractions. If, for some reason, you need to re-purpose your heads down time, be sure to reschedule it for another time rather than just cancel it.
Communicate with Your Team
It is always a good idea to keep your team in the loop upon finishing a task. Not only does this help track progress, but you can get quick feedback and adjust as needed early on.
Commit to a Deadline, and Meet It
Always meet your deadlines and if you are unable to, make sure you inform the individual or team ahead of time. This will help build trust and set expectations early on in an assignment. Remember: it's better to under promise and over deliver.
It's Monday morning, and you have your entire week planned out. All of a sudden, you get a call from your manager to complete a deliverable that is due at the end of the day. This situation throws all your planning off. Don't worry! Always leave some buffer room in your schedule. This gives you a cushion to complete tasks on time, even with last-minute changes.
We all have a specific time during the day when we are most productive. For some, it may be early in the morning while for others, it's later in the day. By identifying your productive period, you can schedule to complete your most important deliverable at that time. This will help you accomplish your goal at a time that is less stressful for you than at a time when you're not as productive!
Apply the Five!
Now that you have some tools in your toolkit, take the quiz below to learn more about your time management skills!
Use the results to help make you more deliberate choices for tackling difficult deadlines. Share your results with teammates, and collaborate on how you can leverage time management skills to meet difficult deadlines!