Sometimes, there will be times when you will miss a deadline because of circumstances out of your control and that is fine. It happens.
In business, deadlines can be the difference between success and failure. If you have a deadline to deliver a project to a client or customer and you fail to do so, that piece of business could be jeopardized — even if the client/customer is an understanding one.
Sometimes, there will be times when you will miss a deadline because of circumstances out of your control and that is fine. It happens. But outside of that, you should ensure that you maintain a high level of business efficiency in meeting deadlines and targets.
Here are three tips you can utilize to stay on top of your game:
Don’t rely on mental notes: You might have amazing brain power but that doesn’t mean you should rely completely on it to hold every piece of pertinent information. Because of the avalanche of things you will have to do every day, you will most likely forget something. If anything comes across, make sure you enter it in your calendar immediately with all the necessary details. Also, make use of task-reminder apps to help you stay alert on things you need to do.
Prioritize urgency over importance: When scheduling tasks, start with the one with the closest due date/time. It may not be as important as the other tasks, but if the completion time is shorter, then do it first. You will need to do everything anyways, so you might as well start with those you need to get done first.
Shut down distractions: You may be able to plan projects, schedule activities and prioritize tasks, it is usually really hard to anticipate or plan for distractions. No matter how important they may seem, distractions will only slow you down and put your ability to make that deadline in jeopardy. Try to avoid as many interruptions as possible by delegating those tasks to your most trusted employees. Turn off your phone if you have to.
A missed deadline is a missed opportunity to show a client/customer why they should keep bringing business your way instead of your competition. Actively use these tips and make it count.
Do you know any other tips and hacks that could help other entrepreneurs? Share them in the comments section below. Happy hunting!