Have an impending deadline that’s stressing you out? Many people have experienced that type of stress before. Meeting a specific timeline can be difficult but sometimes it’s absolutely necessary to keep the project moving. Whether someone is depending on you or you’re the last piece of the puzzle, deadlines are in place for a reason. But sometimes they feel impossible to make. Here’s 5 time management tips to help you meet that deadline in time.
Stop procrastinating once & for all.
The primary reason why many people miss important deadlines is not because they have too much work do. It’s actually because they procrastinate too much. We’re all guilty of that. When we’re first given a task to do, we think we have more time than we actually do. The deadline slowly creeps up on us and before we know it, it’s due tomorrow and we haven’t even started. Avoid this situation and end your procrastinating once and for all. Start as early as you can so that you’re not in a mad rush later on.
Ask for more time upfront if you need.
When you’re given a project, take a moment to immediately assess it. Try to estimate how much time it would take you to complete it. If you feel like you weren’t given enough time, ask for more upfront. It’s much easier to get your deadline extended when you first receive the project. If you wait until later on, you’ll risk the success of the project itself as well as your overall reputation.
Prioritize your tasks.
If you have a deadline looming, you have to look at all your tasks in totality and prioritize them. De-prioritize the ones that you don’t have a hard deadline. They can wait. Spend as much time as you can working on the most important tasks or the ones that are due the soonest. It’s impossible to do everything as once so don’t even attempt to. Work on one task at a time and then move on to the next.
Check in with yourself daily.
It’s important to track your progress on a consistent basis so that you know whether or not you’re going to hit your deadline. Check in with yourself daily and see how much you’ve actually gotten done. Adjust your schedule as needed. By doing this, you will know much sooner if your project isn’t going as planned and you will give yourself more time to react.
Plan to finish earlier.
Give yourself a little wiggle room by planning to finish earlier than needed. If your deadline is this Friday, aim to finished by Wednesday. If you don’t, you’ll still have a couple days buffer. But if you do finish early, you’ll have a little more time to go over your work or just sit back and relax.