It’s the Monday morning staff meeting, and the week’s urgent projects are on the agenda. Plenty of assignments for everyone: some that involve a few quick phone calls, and others that will require overtime. How do you make sure everyone meets their deadlines?
When you’re up against a hard deadline, it’s important to know which staff members work best under pressure and who needs breathing room. And whether you’re the boss or the employee, it’s important to set a stellar example of respecting your clients’ needs and keeping promises.
A company that ignores deadlines is a company that ignores success. The same holds true for the individuals in that company.
Meeting deadlines shows that you take your work seriously and that you value other people’s time. Even outside of work, the ability to keep your promises on time shows your commitment to doing the right thing. Here are some important tips for hitting your deadlines:
One of my favorite sayings is, “A goal is a dream with a deadline.” That statement has three parts: 1) the goal, which is what I want to achieve; 2) the dream, which is what I think I can do; and 3) the deadline, which means I will accomplish what I set out to do.
When all is said and done, I like having deadlines. They help you organize your time. They help you set priorities. They make you get going when you might not feel like it. And meeting deadlines successfully motivates you to continued success.
As an author, I face deadlines every week with this column. If I don’t submit it on time, my editor lets me know that the calendar isn’t a suggestion. If I want to continue writing it, I must respect their time restrictions.
In my business, I know my customers depend on me to deliver their envelopes on time. I make volunteer commitments that have accompanying deadlines. To me, my golf tee time is a deadline. I respect the course’s schedule.
In short, life is full of deadlines. We either learn to work within them or we get a reputation for being chronically late or undependable. Try to explain repeated missed deadlines to your next employer. Because your current employer may have a deadline for replacing you.
Mackay’s Moral: Respect your deadlines or your customers will reject your company.
Seven-time, New York Times best-selling author of "Swim With The Sharks Without Being Eaten Alive," with two books among the top 15 inspirational business books of all time, according to the New York Times. He is one of America’s most popular and entertaining business speakers, and currently serves as Chairman at the MackayMitchell Envelope Company, one of the nation’s major envelope manufacturers, producing 25 million envelopes a day.
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