Yesterday morning, I had a deadline dash forward on me. I was scheduled to have my mid-year credit meeting, the second biggest meeting of my year, at 3pm on Thursday via Webex. Instead, at 11am on Wednesday, the director of credit called and asked if we could move up our time slot to 2pm that day.
This could have been a huge cause for concern. I had planned on working in a full day worth of calls in, and then prepping for my meeting this morning. However, calmly and confidently, I said, “Sure, not a problem.” What may have panicked the old Josh was just a mere couple hours of jam-packed hard work that paid off.
Deadlines are typically set in stone, and it is important not to procrastinate in getting them done. However, every once in a while, they will move either by being postponed or shortened, just as mine was yesterday. Some deadlines are fluid, which makes it ever more important to have as much work done as quickly as possible. If a deadline is extended, it gives you more time to review all of the details and presentation of the material.
However, because of the possibility of something being due before the deadline, it is always important to work on you project and try to have it finished prior to that deadline. Had I been sitting on my heels for the past two weeks and not already preparing for the meeting, I would have been scrambling and probably would have asked to keep the original deadline.
When you have work done before it is due, whether school work, a project at your office, completed tasks for an organization that you volunteer from, etc. you show that you are not only able to do the work, but to have it finished exceeding the expectation of time. That doesn’t mean to rush through a project to show you can have it done the quickest. What it means is that in everything you do, you should try and exceed expectations, and one expectation just happens to be timing.
The next project you have coming up, don’t wait until the last minute to begin working on it, or even to finish it. You would be surprised at how impressive being ready to go at any point in time is. Slowly over time, you will build the confidence of your team and upper management, and you just may get that break you really wanted.
Question: How do you ensure that your projects are done in a timely manner?