Turning deadlines into life lines

Turning deadlines into lifelines 24

Murphy’s Law states that ‘If anything can go wrong, it will.’ That is what happens when deadlines are ignored till the last possible moment for a particular task or project to be done. Say you are an accountant and you had been contracted to balance a medium enterprise’s books of accounts over the Easter Holiday. Mind you, this was a side hustle and therefore, the pressure was less intense.

Well, in your résumé, you have diligence, hardworking and focused as among your many other attributes. You promised yourself to dedicate the whole of Friday after attending mass, to doing the work. Fact is you overslept, missed mass and cannot account for what you did on Friday. Same case with Saturday and Sunday.

Come Monday and you were in panic mode. In fact you set the alarm to wake you up at four in the morning. You woke up alright but there was no electricity to power your laptop. Then, when power finally came back, your laptop decided this was the best time to retire prematurely. Suffice to say you lost a valuable client for your struggling accountancy consultation business. In future, this need not be case by following the adhering to these simple tips:

  1. Making effective use of Parkinson’s Law

Parkinson’s Law states that ‘work expands to fill the time available’. Let’s say you have three days to write a 500 word essay. Human nature dictates that you will put off doing the essay, particularly if it is not something enjoyable, until the last possible minute. To make effective use of Parkin’s Law, you can actively decide that the time available for the completion of the essay is one day. And stick to it.

  1. Break a huge project into small do-able chunks

A huge project can seem daunting. Where to start, how, turning an idea into a feasible and useful product or service can be overwhelming. However, the trick is to start with a plan of action on what will be done, when, where and by home. By breaking a huge project into small do-able chunks of work, the project can be executed successfully to completion.

  1. Developing a reward system for completed tasks

Rewards affirm and motivate one to complete tasks at hand. The rewards can be as simple as allowing oneself an extra cup of coffee or five minutes to walk around the office block for every hour or two of meaningful work. Eventually, this can be turned into a highly effective habit.

With this tips, it is possible to turn deadlines into lifelines; something with positive associations instead of a name that conjures dread every time it is mentioned.

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