HOW TO STAY ON TRACK
WE SHOW YOU HOW TO NEVER MISS A DEADLINE AGAIN
Looming deadlines getting you down? This week we’re going to show you how to never miss a deadline again
PROPERLY WORK OUT YOUR DEADLINES
Don’t bend to being fast. When setting your deadlines actually think about everything that goes into executing that contract, and set a deadline that has been fully calculated rather than randomly hoping. Also – use this as an opportunity to push back on last minute work, if the proper, realistic deadline is past the stakeholder request delivery, they have left it too late to get started.
KNOW THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN DIFFERENT TYPES OF DEADLINE
A deadline can be a number of points within a project. Make sure you know what the deadline means, ask the requestor. Is this going live at this date, to client for feedback? What do you mean by deadline.
PLOT IN CHECK IN TIMES WITH STAKEHOLDERS
Now you know the definition of each deadline, plot in those dates and times (and I do mean times, days are long, tell people when you need it done by) and make sure everyone is aware
KNOW THE EXPECTATION FOR EACH CHECK IN
Confirm and communicate the expectation that you have at each point, add to the check in time agendas so everyone is aware and reminded.
TRACK WITH A PROJECT MANAGEMENT TOOL
Set up your project in a project management tool. As always, we recommend notion.
TALK ABOUT YOUR DEADLINES DAILY
Everyone knows the date, but dates creep up quickly, especially month to month! Use your daily stand ups or touch points to make sure you’re talking about deadlines and progression towards daily.
SET REMINDERS AND ALARMS
In your google calendar, in your slack group, in Notion, on your iPhone, don’t think you’ll remember everything, use tech for your advantage and set yourself reminders and alarms. Not just for due dates, for tasks, calls, reminder yourself of everything.
Honestly, the biggest way to hit all your deadlines is to overcommunicate what is happening.