How can I meet deadlines and make sure I deliver?
Dyslexia can mean difficulties with the sequencing, organising, reading, remembering and understanding of business information. It can also mean difficulties with time perception and time management. These must be compensated for if business deadlines are to be met and you are known as a person who can deliver on time.
Here are five top tips to help you meet crucial deadlines.
Tip 1. Break it down
Break down all the tasks that will help you achieve your deadline (see Tip 4 on my previous blog). Make sure you allocate time for all the things you need to do: attend meetings, proofread finished work, travel and meet personal commitments.
Tip 2. Make a deadline map
Have a highly visual deadline map, list or diagram of your commitments. Include detail on all parts of each task and allocate times and dates for proposed work and deadlines. Use colour marker pens to co-ordinate key aspects such as dates, venues, and contacts.
Tip 3. Create a countdown
Working backwards from your deadline, make a list of tasks that must be completed at key time points or milestones before the finish date. For instance, what must be ready one month before the deadline? Two months before? List the people who need to be informed of progress at these key times and include these on your deadline map.
Tip 4. Keep in touch
You will need to know how others involved in meeting your deadline are progressing with their work. Build a regular review into your schedule. If milestones are not being met then you need to re-think your schedule. Flexibility and adaptability as a mindset will help you to avoid stress if circumstances change. Keeping in touch with your emotions as deadlines approach is as important as checking on the progress of others.
Tip 5. Approach and be approachable
If you are falling behind make sure you communicate this to others and similarly make sure you are open to others telling you that they are struggling to meet your time constraints. Problems can then be handled before they threaten the completion of your task.
Using the above approaches will help you to know the work you have in front of you, the milestones that must be achieved and people who must be communicated with.
This will allow you to have confidence and control, helping you to achieve your goals with the minimum of stress. Let me know how you get on!
Jan Halfpenny writes, creates courses, conducts research and trains organisations and individuals on dyslexia and business.
Recent research on dyslexic entrepreneurs: In Their Element: The Case for Investing in Dyslexic Entrepreneurs