The ability to complete a task by a set deadline is important for just about everyone. Remember your first bit of homework in elementary school? Even from that early age, we understood that meeting deadlines was important.
Of course, as we grow older, deadlines become more and more significant. Especially at work.
Meeting Deadlines: 10 Techniques to Help
Researchers have introduced the idea of the planning fallacy. It suggests we are unable to be realistic when estimating how long a task will take because we base those estimates on best case scenarios. They also suggest that the more complicated a task seems, the further away we perceive the deadline to be. In the end, we find ways to create deadline crunches… which means not meeting deadlines.
So, what can you do to save yourself the stress and panic of yet another race against time?
This infographic from CashNetUSA identifies ten techniques that will turn you into a pro that makes every deadline. From breaking your work down into mini-deadlines to avoiding distractions and finding the right way to structure your work week, these strategies will ensure you’re getting your work done on time. (And without needing to burn the candle at both ends.)
Not meeting deadlines isn’t fun. Having to explain yourself afterwards is even less so. So take this advice… and stay on track with your deadlines!
Also published on Medium.