The clock is ticking, and nothing is clicking. How do you avoid a situation like that? In an article for Inc., Harvey Mackay shares short but decisive tips for getting on top of deadlines.
First, get absolute clarity about the deadline: What precise time is the work due, what precise result is expected, and how will that result’s success be measured? Next, negotiate if necessary to have the deadline shifted if it is unrealistic, or negotiate to have other tasks currently assigned be put on pause. After that, break the work down into manageable subtasks, prioritize them, and give them their own sub-deadlines. Just remember to include a buffer period into that schedule, to account for unpredictable crises. Likewise remember that it is okay to ask for help and/or additional resources to get the job done.
With all of that in mind, all you have to do is perform the work. No big deal. You can view the original article here: http://www.inc.com/harvey-mackay/how-to-meet-deadlines-under-pressure.html