Do you always find it hard to meet deadlines regardless of how much you try? Are you losing customers, missing business meetings and omitting tasks due to your inability to meet deadlines?
Your ability to meet deadlines speaks volumes of your accountability and commitment to your business. Failing to meet deadlines is a habit that can ruin your business and damage your reputation.
If you have tried every possible means to break the habit of missing deadlines and have given up, we advise that you give it one last try with the tips below.
Develop deadline consciousness
Whenever you set a deadline or are given one, ensure you remain conscious of the time. What is the deadline date? How close is it? Let the deadline date and time ring in your head at intervals so missing it becomes impossible.
If you are required to deliver goods to a retailer in LATAM on a Tuesday afternoon, it makes sense to set a mental reminder a few days before. This may sound impossible, but it is achievable with the right commitment and focus.
Organize yourself and your employees effectively
Some entrepreneurs meet deadlines even while working in a chaotic and haphazard environment. On the other hand, some must work in an organized environment to meet deadlines. If a chaotic environment doesn’t interrupt your focus, stick with it. However, most of the time, entrepreneurs who regularly meet deadlines work in an organized environment.
If you are running a huge business in LATAM with a large customer base, you and your staff may be overwhelmed with several tasks and multiple deadlines. To ease the burden without spending too much in hiring extra staff, you can either consider staff augmentation LATAM for outsourcing excess business tasks. Whatever you do, ensure not hiring permanent staff for temporary situations.
Be reasonable and realistic.
Many entrepreneurs make the mistake of setting deadlines impulsively. When asked to give a timeframe for a certain task or project, they present one without proper consideration. Before providing a timeframe or accepting deadlines, you need to sit down and think.
Is the deadline realistic? Will it interfere with your existing plans? What is the possibility of meeting the deadline? Study your schedule and calendar properly before making final decisions on deadlines. Don’t always focus on profit and ignore what it’ll take to deliver the job.
If possible, negotiate deadlines. However, ensure that it doesn’t become a habit. Remember, your reputation of your business is on the line, so think well before accepting deadlines.
Leverage extended reminders
Your brain processes several thoughts each day. So, even if you make a mental note to remember a deadline, the chances of forgetting it are high. But if you leverage extended reminders, you’ll end up executing the task effectively even in the dying minute because you have everything prepared beforehand. Don’t get the idea? Here is an example to buttress this point.
Say you have 50,000 crates of eggs to deliver in two weeks. We recommend you make the necessary preparations. Get in touch with the delivery truck company. Make the necessary arrangements so even if you remember that you have 50,000 crates of eggs to deliver a day to the deadline, you won’t have to bother as everything is already in place.
Entrepreneurs are often overwhelmed with tasks, meetings, and events, making it difficult to recall and meet deadlines. If meeting deadlines appear to be your bane, the tips above will help you set things straight.
Alice Mitchell is a content writer, digital marketer who works for Submitcore from past 3 years. She is a passionate writer and specializes in new technology, IT, business and finance industry.