When the clock is ticking they can look down-right beastly, but the truth is deadlines — when handled correctly — are amazing tools to help you accomplish what you set out to do.
It’s easy to have mixed feelings about deadlines. So often they’re associated with the pressure and stress of getting things done. And in the worst cases – when they are unrealistic – they can even be coupled with failure.
But, “deadlines [themselves] aren’t bad,” reminds Harvey Mackay, author of The Mackay MBA of Selling in the Real World in a guest post for Inc. “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 is one of the best motivating factors out there.” Mackay provides six tips to making sure your team nails its project deadline, including the advice to start off with clarity, break the task down, and make it OK for people to ask for help. For the full list and more thoughts on keeping your projects on track, read the full post here.
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Deadlines can often create stressful and contentious relationships between product development teams and their senior management. Read this OpenView Labs post for more advice on what to consider when establishing deadlines. And check out this post from the OpenView Blog to learn why one thing that’s required of all effective project management is a sense of urgency.
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