Procrastination feeds deadlines into deadly, fearsome monsters. Procrastination, as in putting off what could be done now, for later has been the primary cause for delay in meeting deadlines. No management book or theory or advice can tackle procrastination. It’s a personal trait to be dealt with by the individual alone. Now, moving on to managing deadlines, there are 3 things that are key to approaching one:
-Assess if the time given is sufficient. If it is not, ask to renegotiate the deadline or enlist assistance from a team member or group for the tasks that can be delegated.
-Break tasks into manageable parts and set timelines for each, working backward.
-Review, review, review. All too often, a deadline is met but a key element will be missing.
Deadlines are good for any business enterprise because it sets the efficiency parameters – How much can get done, in how short a time frame – and how well. Optimising this efficiency must be the prime objective of any successful enterprise.
Note: If, delays do occur on account of unforeseen circumstances, it is advisable to communicate this as quickly as possible to avoid the entire chain of linked activities from stopping dead in their tracks.