Having deadlines looming over you can be tough. That’s why we’ve put together 5 top tips for you to deal with deadlines big and small.
Deadlines can be a daily occurrence in the work place, but that doesn’t make hitting them any easier. Sometimes the workload is an impossible mountain to climb, colleagues take too long to reply, or the stress of deadlines causes you to panic.
Unfortunately, results are sometimes the only thing that matter, especially in the Payments industry.
Because of this, we’ve put together our 5 top tips for dealing with deadlines, and what you can do to make sure you power through them whilst remaining stress-free.
1. List Your Deadlines
One of the first things you should do is create a list outlining everything you need to do.
Not only does this help you visualise the scope of the project, but sometimes seeing every task in front of you makes you realise that the task is not as big as you first thought.
When creating the list, set yourself target dates for you to hit. You could also consider setting “fake” deadlines – creating an earlier deadline for yourself to give you time for feedback, potential setbacks, or last minute changes that may occur.
2. Breaking The Project Down
When outlining every task that needs to be done, you will see what tasks can be done together, and what can be broken down into smaller tasks. Creating smaller tasks helps keep the workload manageable, and helps create a sense of accomplishment each time you complete the task.
Another way to help break down the workload is to use The Pomodoro Technique. We recommend working for 50 minutes on a task, and then taking a 10 minute break, where you could grab a cup of coffee or just take a break from your desk.
By designating breaks, you have something to look forward to, meaning that you will be focused on the task at hand.
3. The ABCDE Method Of Prioritising Work
Another tip for meeting your deadlines is to use The ABCDE Method by Brian Tracy, who has been using this method for years in order to prioritise his workflow, which goes as follows:
A – The most important tasks
If something is an “A” task, that means it is critical to your deadline and absolutely must be completed. Failing to do so would result in serious consequences.
B – The tasks that have minor consequences
If something is a “B” task, that means it is a task that you need to get done, but there are only minor consequences if it is not completed.
C – The tasks that have no consequences
If something is a “C” task, that means there are no consequences if you do not complete them. This could be something that does not help you to complete your deadline, such as taking some time during the work day to complete some personal business.
D – Delegate
If something is a “D” task, this means that you should delegate this to someone else.
E – Eliminate
If something is an “E” task, that means you should eliminate it from your list completely.
By using the ABCDE method, you’ll be able to prioritise your workload and ensure that you meet your deadlines.
4. Decide When You Work Best
Everybody is different – some people like to power through their hardest tasks in the morning to create an easier afternoon for themselves, and some people need to complete easy tasks in the morning to build up to the afternoon when they are most productive.
Being aware of when you are most alert is key, so make sure that you set your key tasks to suit when you work best.
5. Enjoy your success
When you have hit your deadline, don’t just move onto the next one, Celebrate! Congratulate yourself on being successful by treating yourself to something you enjoy, going out to your favourite restaurant or doing an activity with your friends.
Celebrating your success will give you a much needed moment of joy, and provide you with something to look forward to when the next deadline inevitably comes around.
Combine these tips to smash your deadlines
If you want to show your employer you can be trusted when it comes to meeting deadlines, use these techniques to stay ahead whilst leaving time at the end to celebrate.
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