Dreaded deadline woes? Yep, every Small Business Owner (SBO) has them, including yours truly! We deal with deadlines every day and they do impact our Business Success. So how do some become a dreaded deadline versus a regular deadline?
Our lives and businesses run on deadlines. Sometimes we don’t even equate some of our activities having deadlines. We have start times to an event, meeting, or appointment, but really it’s a deadline of making sure you make good on your commitment to arrive on time. Oh, that one got you didn’t it?
We complete many activities each day in business and don’t recognize them as “deadlines being honored”. NOTE: This may be why it’s so difficult to identify deadlines and treat them appropriately. What do I mean by “treating deadlines appropriately”?
Deadlines are commitments, just like appointments, promises, etc. Sometimes even the best intended SBOs over commit and miss deadlines. When missed, or being squeezed to make one on time, deadlines become dreaded. Think of it this way: Deadlines only become dreaded deadlines when there’s stress attached to them. And, it’s usually because they aren’t being met.
Brilliant Breakthroughs Big Question:
Are you meeting YOUR deadlines with minimal stress?
When you have a deadline, be proactive. Work your task(s) for the project’s deadline well ahead of schedule. Create a “soft deadline”. Soft deadlines are earlier deadlines, which give you cushion before the deadline – in case other priorities end up back-burnering your task or you’re having difficulty completing it.
I teach all my clients to utilize soft deadlines. It really alleviates the squeeze of the dreaded deadline. I don’t remember where I learned this technique, but I’ve used it for years and it has saved me many times over! I don’t have any of the pressure and stress of creating something which may not be best – just to make a deadline. This is simplistic business success at its best – just create an earlier deadline. Then, you’ll have the time to work it last minute, if you must. Enjoy this great stress-buster!
Which one task always trips you up and creates mores stress than it needs to? In the comment section let me know what topics you’d like for me to write about!
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