We’ve all been there, the deadline looming over us. Starting a project with a strict deadline can be overwhelming. Where do you start? How do you start? And if you’re still working from home like so many are, how do you get the time needed to complete the project without distraction? Here’s the best way to turn a day into a productive one.
First and foremost, let everyone know. If you’re in the office, make sure you politely let your co-workers know that you have a project which needs immediate attention. Put up a Do Not Disturb sign or have your calls transferred to another co-worker for the time being. If you’re working from home, make sure you have a quiet workspace you can go to. Let your family know the importance of the project and a rough estimate of when you’ll be done for the day. Interruptions can kill your productivity, so let them know that this is a project day and that there is a deadline to be met.
When you start the project, whether you are at home or in the office, set specific goals or parameters. Don’t just ‘see’ how far you can get. Set reachable goals that allow you to feel good once you reach them. The longer you can work, the quicker the hours will go by, and in no time flat, you’ll be done.
The most important thing to keep in mind is not to stop just because you’ve hit a boring phase. You might be bored, but the project will never get completed on time if you don’t work through the difficult parts. Push through and be proud of what you were able to accomplish. Occasionally we have to go the extra mile and completing a project by its deadline can be unbelievably gratifying.